A THANKSGIVING service will be held at the Royal Arthur Centre, Ingoldmells, on Friday, February 25, at 1pm, to mark the death of Eric Haywood, a well known figure in the Skegness area.
A former naval commander, Mr Haywood had held various prominent positions since he moved here to be general manager of the Derbyshire Miners’ Holiday Centre at Seathorne.
During a long period of public service, he was a district council officer and member, a Skegness town councillor and clerk to Ingoldmells Parish Council.
Mr Haywood, 87, died at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, on Saturday, February 12.
Born in London, Mr Haywood joined the Royal Navy at the age of 18.
During the Second World War he served as flying crew on an aircraft carrier, taking part in bombing raids as an air gunner.
He served in the Royal Navy for 27 years, being commissioned as a Commander after the War.
On retiring from the navy, he trained as a general manager at Butlins, at Bognor Regis and then at Clacton-on-Sea.
He then became general manager of the Derbyshire Miners’ Holiday Centres at both Skegness and Rhyl.
His next career move was to become entertainments and amenities director for East Lindsey District Council.
He held the post until retiring owing to ill health in 1978.
In 1979 Mr Haywood was appointed clerk to Ingoldmells Parish Council, a post he held until 1983.
During the 1980s he served as a councillor on East Lindsey District Council and was a member of Skegness Town Council from 1979-80 to 1984-5.
He was a prominent worker for the local Conservatives up until his death.
Among many positions held in the party, he was a former president and chairman of Skegness Conservatives Branch.
He acted as agent for Mark Simmonds MP in the 2001 General Election and was a important member of Mr Simmonds’ team in both the 2005 and 2010 General Elections. He also acted as agent for many Conservative council candidates.
His many other roles in the community included being a governor of Skegness Grammar School, secretary of Skegness Civic Society, and treasurer of Skegness Working Men’s Club.
He was also an active member of the Skegness Twinning Association.
Mr Haywood was noted for his businesslike approach but also for his many acts of personal kindness, carried out quietly and modestly.
Surviving family members include his widow, Hazel, daughter Lucy, son-in-law Carl and granddaughter Isobel.
A private funeral service will be held at Alford Crematorium on Friday, prior to the thanksgiving service.
Donations can be made to the Richard Desmond Children’s Eye Centre, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London.
(Funeral arrangements by Frank Wood and Sons).