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Friends mourn William,102

ONE of Ellesmere Port's oldest residents has died.

ONE of Ellesmere Port's oldest residents has died.

William Roddan who could remember Queen Victoria's funeral died peacefully last week. He was 102 years old.

He fell ill just before his birthday on June 19 and after a three-week stay in the Countess of Chester Hospital, he was transferred to the Cottage Hospital, Ellesmere Port, where he spent the last eight weeks of his life.

His daughter Dorothy says she can't praise hospital staff enough for the way in which they cared for her father.

She said: 'When the end came it was very peaceful and he had all his family around him. The hospital, in particular the staff of Ward B, were simply wonderful throughout. He died with such dignity and his death certificate simply gives old age as the cause of his death. I suppose at 102 you can't go on for ever.

'There are not many people my age who still have their dads and I really will be miss him as will all the family.' William was born in Liverpool but moved to Ellesmere Port in the 1940s. He served with the Irish Guards during the First World War but was never sent over to France.

By the time the Second World War came around he was in his 40s and considered too old to join the forces.

He was employed by Shell for most of his working life. After moving to Ellesmere Port he lived with his family first in King Street before moving to Brooklyn Drive in the early 50s.

His wife died in 1977. The couple had four children, two of whom survive, Dorothy and a son who lives in Gloucestershire.

His funeral will be held at St John's Church, Great Sutton on Friday, September 7 at 12.45pm.


David Holmes
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