Eric Bittles RIP

Eric Bittles – 8th Dec. 1952  –  14th Aug. 2004

The name Eric Bittles has been remembered in a few stories about Ballinlare Gardens.

Perhaps some contributors are unaware of his demise.

Eric was laid to rest on 26th Aug. 2004 after a service in St. Mary’s Church of Ireland, Newry.

I was fortunate to have worked with Eric during his apprenticeship in the Newry Reporter and enjoyed his quick wit and banter.  He was a sharp and intelligent lad and deeply into music.

He later left Newry for England where he worked for several years until his sudden and untimely death.  His funeral was well attended by his former neighbours and workmates.

Eric’s mother passed away earlier this year, his father dying some years previous.

Now the name ‘Bittles’ no longer exists in Newry.

– May they all rest in peace!

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