Out pouring of support for family of Whittlesey on-call fire fighter Malcolm Bean

Malcolm James Bean at the Whittlesey duck race

Malcolm James Bean at the Whittlesey duck race - Credit: Archant

The funeral of a popular Whittlesey fire fighter takes place on February 8 with a procession leaving the fire station where he had served for more than 30 years.

Tributes have poured in for Malcolm Bean, 57, who ran family business, Malcolm James estate agents, after he died of a cardiac arrest at home.

In a statement on Facebook his sister Lorraine Bingley said: “There are no words to express how we are all feeling and devastation is an understatement.

“To lose someone so suddenly when they have so much life in them seems so cruel. His dedication to his fire service and business makes me so proud to be his sister and it’s not until someone has gone that you realise how much you loved them.

“The hardest thing I have ever had to do was go to the Straw Bear with my family and his precious son Jordan in Malcolm’s honour and watch his beloved Leeds at Childers.

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“Seeing all his friends around the pubs and all local people coming up with their condolences proved what people thought of him.

“I thank you all so much, although hard it made me cherish every word that was said to me and my family. If tears were alcohol I would have been absolutely paralytic.

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“I have been kept up to date from my staff with people phoning and coming into our office with tributes and all the caring people stopping them in the shops, streets with kind words and friends and people we have dealt with over the last 19 years.

“These have all been relayed back to us all and I cannot tell you how that has helped myself and my family try to come to terms with this tragedy and knowing people genuinely care gives us the strength to carry on.

“To all our clients and customers of Malcolm James please be rest assured that myself, staff Margaret, Chris, Bev and Leanne are keeping things together for us and I cannot thank them enough.”

The funeral is on February 8 leaving Whittlesey Fire Station at 1.30pm, then on to St Mary’s Church for 2pm followed by Peterborough Crematorium at 3.30pm.

Plans are in the pipeline to set up another defibrillator in Whittlesey in memory of Mr Bean who died on Thursday (January 14).

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