Lives Remembered - Eddie Carr
Eddie, aged 90, died on 12th December 2010 at Overgate Hospice.
From Jonathan Timbers
Monday, 20 December 2010
Yesterday, at Church, I heard that Eddie Carr had died and wanted to share some thoughts about him, which I hope will encourage others to post their reflections on the life of this memorable individual.
When I arrived here two decades ago, Eddie had already been living in Hebden Bridge for many years . A socialist and keen co-operator, he was already retired from the engineering trade when I met him. Never afraid of making his feelings known, Eddie seemed unable to say the word 'Tory' without putting a well-known swear word beginning with 'f' in front of it. Although convinced that he'd had his day, he was often ahead of his times and was convinced of the need for a Tobin tax on financial transactions. An issue which remains all the more relevant now than when he was first attracted by the idea.
He was passionate about photography and travel, and I remember his stunning 3D photographs of his trip through South Africa, which he undertook in his late seventies by bus. Characteristically, he took a detour to take photographs of the place where Gandhi used to practice law.
A veteran of D day, he once described the experience to me. Apparently, the anti-tank gun issued to the British infantry didn't work (surprise, surprise) and the troops found themselves at the mercy of the German tanks. Eddie's humour was always anti-heroic (and subversive) and he said that he 'ran so fast my [expletive deleted] legs wore away. But they grew back afterwards'.
A lifelong vegetarian, who had so many daughters I can't even remember the number, he will be missed by many people in Hebden Bridge and news of his death has left me feeling very sad. I guess there will be many who share this reaction. Be great to hear from you.