Full fire brigade funeral to be held for popular Northamptonshire man

Eddie Hitcham receiving his 25 year service medal.
Eddie Hitcham receiving his 25 year service medal.

The funeral of a popular former fireman from Rushden is to take place this week with his old fire engine leading the procession.

Eddie Hitcham died on November 18 after a four-year battle with motor neurone disease.

He served as a fireman at Rushden Fire Station for 25 years and chose the name for the road where the new station is situated, in Foskett Close.

And his son Stuart says he hopes to give him the send-off he deserves.

He said: “My father was a much respected member of the community and a very popular and highly respected fireman.

“He was a truly wonderful dad who is missed so much by myself, my sister, my brother and also my mum who has been by his side for 58 years.

“He will be given a full fire brigade funeral and even after leaving the service 20 years ago Rushden fire station have offered this as a sign of respect for his excellent service.

“There will be a guard of honour, plus a standard bearer and a fire brigade drape, and his old fire engine will lead the way to Kettering Crematorium.

“Throughout dad’s four-year battle with MND he has truly amazed us all with the way he faced each day with a smile and the way he filled the room with laughter and love.”

Eddie’s final journey will leave St Mary’s Avenue in Rushden at 1pm on Wednesday, December 2, heading to Kettering Crematorium for a 2.15pm service.