Family, friends and their children are invited to say goodbye and celebrate the life of Kenneth Gladman on Monday, May 21.
A service will start at 11am at Woodvale Crematorium in Brighton and will be followed by a barbecue and party at the Uckfield Club next to Uckfield bus station.
Kenneth’s niece Jade says the dress code is anything but black and if you would like to make him really happy, perhaps wear a Status Quo top or something to do with West Ham.
Kenneth who died aged 67 was the youngest of 12 children. He had lived in Uckfield all his life and was well known at the Uckfield Club where he helped out on the door on band nights.
He spent most of his life working as a lorry driver but also worked in steelwork in Crawley. He was a keen West Ham supporter and loved the Grand Prix.
His hobbies included fishing and collecting keyrings and he enjoyed day trips to France and Belgium with friends from the Uckfield Club.
Kenneth lived in Selby Rise all his life, latterly with Jade’s nan Christine and brother Cyril. Older sisters Win and Barbara and his brother Don live in Uckfield too.
Niece Jade said: “We have a super big family. He was a father and grandfather figure to my mum Lorna McLannahan and me. He also has brothers and sisters living all over the place. We have family in Yorkshire, Wales, Yeovil, and even in New Zealand.
“He is now in heaven with his brother Dennis, Bob, Roy, Charlie and nephew Alan. His ashes will be scattered in the roses with his mum and dad, Margaret and Charles Gladman.”
Jade added that Kenneth never wanted a fuss made of him. He was a kind-hearted man and stepped in as a dad for her mother and grandad for her as they grew up. “He was the baby brother so was very loved. We plan on blowing bubbles in the sky for him.”
• Jade will be taking part in the Brighton Pretty Muddy 5k on July 1 and raising money for Cancer Research in memory of her uncle who died from the disease. She says on her fund-raising page: “This is also for other family members, friends and their families who have suffered this nasty disease. It’s about time we worked together to help prevent it.”