Angela Barton, of Pryor’s Shut in Bishop’s Stortford, pays tribute to a sort mate with whom she shared passions in new music, publications, politics – and laughter…

All those numerous individuals who understood Peter Chase socially, by get the job done or the Royal British Legion will be sorry to hear he died on January 13 getting been unwell in the course of December.

We will all have our individual reminiscences of occasions expended with him and his relatives. He and I initial fulfilled by get the job done. Subsequent the unexpected dying of my partner, he and Judy were being immensely sort to me and we remained firm mates ever immediately after.

Some yrs immediately after Judy’s dying he made a decision to move from Bishop’s Stortford to Sussex to be in the vicinity of his son Richard and his relatives – they became his only close kinfolk as his daughter also tragically died.

Whilst he skipped his mates listed here he by no means regretted the move and before long settled in getting in his Army times built mates all around the put, he was usually great at meeting new individuals and maintaining in contact with aged mates.

We taken care of our friendship mainly around the cellphone, sharing passions in new music, publications (usually publications) and politics. Inspite of our different views on the latter, we by no means arrived close to quarrelling. And we did chuckle a great deal.

Doing the job in a bookshop, I usually had a checklist of “things to search out for for Peter”, and when I visited him for the weekend I carried a smaller overnight bag and a incredibly major suitcase whole of effective finds.

He was usually keen to hear about individuals and activities in this city and I often despatched him copies of our community paper (he appreciated the Indie incredibly much).

Whilst he was turning into steadily additional bodily frail, he remained as mentally alert as ever: the previous discussion I had with him was on the issue of no matter if or not one particular could ever actually understand a book if only capable to go through it in translation, with distinct reference to Virgil and Homer!

Underneath current constraints Richard can not prepare a general public funeral but hopes, at that time we all search forward to “when matters are better”, to maintain a sociable event in his memory.

As we know, Peter liked a get together.