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RIP Graham Wadeson

It is with sadness that we report the death of Graham Wadeson in July 2022. He was 82 years old and a member of the East Coast Gaffers. Originally he was from Chadwell Heath nr Romford Essex and an only child of Victor and Gladys Wadeson. He was married to Valerie Brown who also came from Chadwell Heath. He was an insurance broker in London for many years and lived in Liss, Hampshire, Abbotsley, Cambridgeshire and Thorpe Bay Essex before moving to Woodbridge to retire. Sadly just before this happened Valerie had the first of several strokes and he became her main carer and devoted husband.

Graham had several boats in his lifetime; ‘Cobweb’ a clinker built 12ft dinghy, ‘Lady Beatrice’ a wooden cruiser, ‘Hope’ a Cornish Cobble, a sharpie and various little tenders. He loved joining in Gaffers events especially involving music as he was an avid banjo, ukulele and piano accordion player. He joined many friends including from Holland and France at gatherings and regattas.

Graham was also a vintage sports car fan and owned among others an Austin 12 ‘Gusty’ which was restored by the car SOS programme on TV and handed over at Woodbridge. He was a member of the VSCC and the ukulele group ‘What no cake’! Graham leaves his wife Valerie and his two children Patrick and Julia and between them there are 6 Grandchildren.