Funeral to be held for Redbridge theatre company founder Paul Alvarez

A funeral will be held today for gold-medal-winning master swimmer and theatre company founder Paul Alvarez.

The 77-year-old will be laid to rest at Forest Park Crematorium, Forest Road, Hainault at 2.15pm.

The father-of-two died while celebrating his 50th wedding anniversary with his wife Francis, when he suffered a heart attack while on a cruise.

The couple, who lived in Newbury Park for 41 years before moving to Wyatts Green Lane in Brentwood, set up their own theatre company, Vortex, which regularly put on productions at the Kenneth More Theatre, Oakfield Road, Ilford.

Mrs Alvarez said: “He was a very good master swimmer and had won a number of gold medals, which he was very proud of. The theatre company was our baby and we used to be heavily involved, from the scriptwriting and acting to costume.”

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