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Tributes paid to former Royal Borough mayor Eric Wiles

Tributes paid to former Royal Borough mayor Eric Wiles

Tara O'Connor

Tributes paid to former Royal Borough mayor Eric Wiles
Eric Wiles with wife Heather

Former mayor and president of the Windsor and Slough Chrysanthemum, Fuchsia and Pelargonium Society Eric Wiles died on Tuesday.

He was Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead in 1997/98 and 2005/06 and councillor for Old Windsor, where he lived with wife Heather.

He also leaves behind two daughters.

Eric became involved with the Windsor and Slough Chrysanthemum, Fuchsia and Pelargonium Society in 2005 when he became president, taking over from Arthur Hartley. In 2008 he became show secretary of the society.

Liz Grey, knew Eric through the flower society.

She said: “He loved the job and was very efficient.

“He was a nice man and his death was a bit of a shock.”

Sandra Hopkins was Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead in 1999/2000 and is vice president of the society.

She said: “We worked together almost right up until the day he died.

“My one lingering memory of him was when we were standing outside Windsor Castle to sign the book for Princess Diana.

“”He was always very calm and collected and knew what he was doing.

“He was conscientious and everybody loved him, you really can’t say any more than that.”

There will be a civic funeral for Eric. A date has not been set yet.

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