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Former Redbridge councillor remembered: Son pays tribute to ‘well-loved’ cricket club stalwart

PUBLISHED: 10:12 16 February 2016 | UPDATED: 10:29 16 February 2016

Bernard Adams, 95, of Cameron Road, Seven Kings. Picture: Mark Adams

Bernard Adams, 95, of Cameron Road, Seven Kings. Picture: Mark Adams

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A dedicated former cricket club chairman, ward councillor and soldier has died at the age of 95.

The funeral of Bernard Adams, of Cameron Road, Seven Kings, is due to take place on Thursday at St John the Baptist Catholic Church, Wanstead Park Road, Ilford, after he died on Saturday, February 6.

The former politician’s youngest son Mark Adams, from Hornchurch, said his dad, who was “still driving up until a few months ago”, died at Queen’s Hospital, Romford, after becoming ill with an infection.

Bernard, an ex-Conservative Cranbrook Ward councillor, who served between 1968 and 1971, was the son of an Ilford Catholic Cricket Club (ICCC) founder – the club which Bernard went on to be involved with “for decades”.

He started playing for the club in his teens and became club secretary and later chairman.

“He was a big part of the cricket club,” said Mark.

“My whole family has played there and it’s still going now.”

Besides being a talented cricketer, Bernard was a dedicated soldier who served on the home front during the Second World War. He “became very good” at spotting German bombers at his base in Epping, according to Mark.

The 52-year-old, one of five sons, added: “He was of exceptionally strong character. The neighbours have come knocking since he passed away and they just had nothing but fond stories of him.”

After Bernard’s stint as a councillor, he remained active in the community and was involved with a campaign to turn the abandoned Joker pub in Cameron Road, Seven Kings, into a gym in 2008 – before it was demolished last year.

“He had a very strong sense of justice and he was a real people person,” said Mark, who also has two sisters. “He’ll be remembered very fondly, as someone who had a lot of warmth. He was a very independent man who was well-loved by many people.”


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