HEARTFELT tributes have been paid to a Solihull man with a longstanding ministerial career who died suddenly on Monday evening.
Brian Easter, who was 75 from Dingle Lane, and had been suffering from prostate cancer, was branch Padre to the Solihull and District branch of the RAF Association and was a former Vicar at St Swithin’s Church in Barston where he served for eight years in the 1960’s and 1970’s.
He passed away on Monday after being cared for at Swallows Meadows Nursing Home in Shirley.
Last week, he renewed his wedding vows with his wife Joyce in a happy but short service at the nursing home surrounded by his close family.
Joyce Easter, said: “It was a very happy occasion last week when we renewed our vows but Brian was very ill. It was his idea, he wanted a wedding ring because he never had one when we originally got married 53 years ago. In those days very few men had wedding rings.”
“He was a very happy and easygoing sort of person who was a good listener and will be sorely missed by his family and friends.”
Born in Norwich, the couple met in 1951 when they were both serving in the RAF.
They married on December 26 1955 in Hull, Yorkshire and moved to Solihull in the 1960’s.
Brian was Chaplain of Monyhull Hospital in Kings Norton for 26 years up until his retirement in 1999 after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Norman Page, Chairman of the Solihull and District branch of the RAF Association, based in Shirley, said: “He had been branch Padre for the last six to seven years and was a very nice gentleman. He was warm and receptive and an integral part of the branch who was always on hand to help anyone. He took the service at St James’s Church in Shirley in January last year to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the branch.”
“He had en excellent sense of humour and was Ernie Wise to my Eric Morecambe.”
He leaves behind his wife Joyce, three children and 7 grandchildren and his funeral is expected to take place at St Alphege Church at a date and time yet to be announced.