The funeral of long-serving and much-loved paramedic and fire fighter Bruce Davy is due to take place in Uckfield on Wednesday.
A cortege, including emergency vehicles, will leave his home address, briefly stopping at the ‘Old Fire Station’ in Keld Avenue, and at the Alma Arms, in Framfield Road, before arriving at St Philip’s Church, New Town, for midday.
At the church there will be a tri-service guard of honour and standard bearers. The Rev David Tutt will officiate at the funeral.
Afterwards the cortege will pass Uckfield Fire Station for one last time before proceeding to Snatts Road Cemetery where Bruce will be laid to rest.
His family have asked that only close family and friends join them at the graveside. Everyone is welcome to join the family afterwards at the Alma Arms, to share memories of Bruce and to share light refreshments.
Bruce, who died after a long battle with cancer, served as a paramedic with South East Coast Ambulance Service for more than 30 years and with East Sussex Fire and Rescue for an amazing 44 years – looking after his local Uckfield community and further afield in East Sussex.
He was diagnosed with lung cancer two years ago and having undergone treatment, including the removal of a lung, returned to work both as a paramedic and as Watch Manager of the Uckfield “On Call” (retained) fire section.
Sadly, ill health struck again and he took the decision to fully retire from SECamb last year.
Bruce began his career working in patient transport and, doubling up as a paramedic and retained fire fighter, often provided a unique perspective when attending an emergency call.
South East Coast Ambulance Service Regional Operations Manager James Pavey said: “Bruce was an extremely popular member of staff who will be very much missed by his many colleagues and friends.
“His ambulance and fire-fighting role saw him contribute immensely to the local community over many years. We are expecting his funeral to be very well attended by staff both past and present and our thoughts are with his family and friends and all who knew him.”
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, Chief Fire and Rescue Officer, Dawn Whittaker said “Not only was Bruce known for his practical “firemanship”, he was also a person with a very big heart.
“For example as well as serving the people of Uckfield and East Sussex in his professional capacity for the two emergency services, he also supported an aid convoy to Bosnia in 1999.
“His colleagues will remember him for his calm and professional approach at even the most challenging of incidents. His passion for the Service was clear for anyone to see as his face lit up when he talked about it.”
Those wishing to lay flowers are welcome to do so, but donations may also be made to any of Bruce’s chosen charities, The Firefighters Charity, The Ambulance Charity or St Wilfrid’s Hospice.
Donations can be sent, or given, to funeral director Richard Green, c/o 125 High Street, Uckfield, TN22 1RN. Cheques should be made payable to the charity of choice. The funeral director is also able to accept BACS transfers, please email details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parking at Uckfield Fire Station is limited and people attending the funeral are asked to park in public car parks.