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Pat Edlin had a real zest for life

29 November, 2019

• I KNEW Patrick Edlin only for the last four or five years but in that time I spent many happy hours sitting with him at Upper Street’s pavement cafés listening to his fund of colourful and invariably humorous stories, (Labour stalwart dies suddenly, November 22).

He was tremendously interested and knowledgeable about politics and current affairs, which we regularly discussed and about which sometimes disagreed a little and occasionally a lot!

He had a zest for life, was a great mimic and story-teller who excelled at finding the right colourful phrase. He was a man of the left politically but never slavish to the party line.

In the time I knew him perhaps his greatest joy was his grandchildren. I shall miss his passion, his sense of mischief, his great humour and his generous spirit. But I shall miss him a great deal more than that. And life will be less fun without him.

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