I received the news from Chris at 8.33pm this evening and i was very saddened by the news, especially as i used to work with Freds son (Steve)at Fords.
Steve never came forward with the information that Fred was a future musical legend (or a canvey fan, until i played)!
At that time Steve had obviously himself caught his fathers bug by practicing his guitar at lunchtime in our works area and although while we said in our head ( s**t that F***ing Shi** up) i knew there was a very special teacher there somwhere.
Fred will be sorely missed by all, even by those who commented on his his missed notes at the top of the non-league game.
My new Cambridge United friends commented on my first day how they not only enjoyed the (bad trumpeter) but the s[****!!****]y away bar when they visited last year. If we had stayed one year longer we would have been championship material.(how sad)!
I have kept in touch with a few players throughout the season and many have responded tonight of freds passing.
The most poignant from Sedge " His Bugling will live on" !