Tributes paid to much loved Hartlepool stalwart

Tributes have been paid to Edgar Atkinson.
Tributes have been paid to Edgar Atkinson.

Tributes have been paid to well respected and beloved Hartlepool volunteer.

Edgar Atkinson spent 40 years volunteering as treasurer for both Hartlepool’s Royal National Lifeboat Institution and Hartlepool Cricket Club.

Sadly the 91–year–old from the Grange Road area has passed away.

Both organisations took to Facebook yesterday to post tributes to the hard working father-of-two .

Hartlepool RNLI’s Facebook page read: “It is with deep sadness and regret that we announce the death of our treasurer Mr Edgar Atkinson.

“Edgar had been with the RNLI at Hartlepool since 1975, during his time with us he formed a strong bond with the crew and his presence on a Sunday morning will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.”

While Hartlepool Cricket Club added: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved treasurer, Edgar Atkinson. Edgar has been a part of our club for many years and will be truly missed. Our thoughts are with his family at this time. Funeral arrangements will be announced when known.”

Mr Atkinson , a Yorkshireman from Drifield, was in the banking profession in his working days. His job took him all over the country and he eventually came to Hartlepool in 1972 to become the manager of the Nat West bank. Three years later, he was treasurer of the town branch of the RNLI after being invited to join the management committee.

Last year Mr Atikinson was nominated for a Pride of Hartlepool award for all of his hard work volunteering.

At the time he told the Mail: “I do it because I feel lucky that I am still fit and healthy. I am still active. I still play golf and I like a game of snooker.”