Tributes to Arthur Rackley

Saint Francis Hospice was sad to learn of the recent death of Arthur Rackley, the Pearly King of Upminster.
Pic B) Showing off Arthur's jacket (cropped)
Arthur spent his days fundraising in all weathers and he was well known for his
street collections. Michelle Gower, community fundraiser for Saint Francis Hospice, said Arthur had raised over £8,000 in just the past two years, with the overall figure many times larger.

She said: "Arthur was an absolute warrior for our hospice."

"He would stand for hour upon hour in Station Road, Upminster, come rain or shine. I remember suggesting he take a break or have a drink on a number of occasions but he always refused."

Arthur, 90, of St Alban's Avenue, Cranham, was discovered in his home after concerned neighbours told the police they had not seen him for a few days.

He became a Pearly King in 1980 after his brother Jim died.

Arthur's funeral service will be held on Thursday 17th December 2015 at South Essex Crematorium and will begin at 12 midday. The Mayor of Havering and his wife will be attending along with representatives of Saint Francis Hospice and other charities supported by Arthur, neighbours and friends. A police guard of honour will be formed outside the crematorium.

In recognition of Arthur's dedication and service to Saint Francis Hospice a tribute page has been set up so that all who knew him can join together to celebrate the life of a very special man who will be greatly missed. 

Please visit the page and take time to share your memories of Arthur, light a candle, upload photos and make a donation in his memory. 

Arthur Rackley at the Saiint Francis Hospice Christmas Market in November 2013