11:06 Friday 13 June 2014

Tributes to popular community figure and former Mayor of Ely, Maurice Hobbs

Written byJORDAN DAY

Maurice Hobbs. Maurice Hobbs.

Tributes have been paid to a former Mayor of Ely who lived in the city he “loved” his entire life.

Maurice Hobbs, who served as the city’s mayor in 1981-82, died of natural causes on Sunday, June 8, aged 89.

Maurice, who was married to his late wife, Joyce, for 60 years, was a radar and gunner operator during the Second World War, but was best-known in the Ely area for running the MER barbers shop in Market Street.

He ran the business with Eric Wilding, and one of his son, Richard, for around 40 years.

Richard, who is a district and city councillor, said: “I think the best way to describe dad would be as Mr Ely.

“He was an Ely man through and through – he lived here all his life, he loved the city and he promoted it at every opportunity.

“He was not only a fantastic family man but he was a real community figure. He wasn’t happier than when he was helping someone else.”

Maurice, who lived at Vera James House residential home in Ely since the start of this year, was a district councillor, and a city councillor for 18 years.

He was also a former president of Fenprobe, the Riding for the Disabled Association and the Chamber of Trade, as well a former chairman of the Save the Children Fund, to name just a few.

Maurice leaves his family and friends, including three children, Richard, Sandra Angood and Diane Butcher, as well as five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Maurice’s funeral is being held at Fenland Crematorium in March on Friday, June 20 at 11.30am and will be followed by a service of thanksgiving at St Mary’s Church in Ely at 2pm, to which all are welcome.

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