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Cornwall grandfather Freddy Manley 'died doing what he loved'

By West Briton  |  Posted: September 13, 2012

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A GRIEVING family have paid tribute to a loving father and grandfather who died while on one of his beloved angling trips.

Freddy Manley, 81, from Redruth, had been on the water near Penryn for several hours and was understood to have died shortly after arriving back at the pontoon between Ponsharden and Falmouth Marina.

He was pulled from the water, but attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.

His eldest daughter Teresa said: "It's a shame he's gone, but he died doing something he loved.

"He had a very bad heart attack years ago and they found out then that he only had half a heart, so he did very well."

Freddy was born at his Balmoral Terrace home in Redruth.

After completing his National Service, he became an electrician for SWEB and then a number of local electrical firms.

He married Rosie and they had three children, Teresa, Donna and Scott, and five grandchildren – Leanne, who died as a baby, Michael, Rebecca-Louise, Rebecca and Jack.

Rosie died 21 years ago.

In his younger days, Freddy played rugby for Redruth and later supported the club in a number of roles, including as bag man.

A minute's silence was held in his honour before Saturday's game against Launceston.

He enjoyed his regular Friday night visits to St Rumon's Club in Redruth and Saturday nights out at Camborne Conservative Club.

Teresa said: "He was a lovely man. When we had family gatherings, he was the life and soul of the party.

"He had a great sense of humour and was very kind. He would give you his last 5p. If he was poorly, he would never tell you. He and mum gave us a good childhood."

Freddy went fishing with his friend John Huxtable on a sports cruiser.

Teresa said: "They went out as normal, but John didn't think things seemed right.

"Dad usually gutted his fish when he caught them and threw the waste back into the sea. But that day he just left them in a container beside him and looked out to sea, taking it all in."

Freddy's funeral is being held today at Treswithian crematorium, followed by a celebration of his life at St Rumon's Club.

Half of his ashes will be spread at sea and the other half will be spread at the grave of his wife, Rosie and their granddaughter, Leanne.

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