A lifelong socialist, Eddy travelled in America in the 1920s and 30s, riding the
rails, acting in silent movies and ending up in New York in the depths of the
recession. Returning to the UK in the early 30's, he joined the Communist
Party heading up a Jewish East-End commando fighting Moseley's UK Nazis
and fought at the battle of Cable Street. In the RAF he was an engineer on
Lancaster bombers and motor torpedo boats. After the war he ran various
fashion businesses including Skirts Mainly in Crawford Street and a factory
making couture samples for Mary Quant. In his spare time he was an active
member and writer at the Unity Theatre along with Sam Wanamaker and
Johnny Speight. He married Peggy in 1946, divorced in 1980 and was father
to Robert and Andrew. Latterly an antique dealer and craftsman, Eddy retired
to Nightingale House in 1994 where he died peacefully on 4th July 2005 aged
just over 100 years.
On his 100th Birthday in true Republican Eddy style he commented;
"The Queen can take her birthday card and shove it up her arse"
Eddy was cremated on Weds 13 July 2005, following a simple service
and celebration of his life. Our thanks to Rabbi Janet Burden.
If you knew Eddy? please contact us
His sons Andrew (07961 293 596) and Robert (07971 558 668)
You can contact Robert via www.robfollis.com