George Frederick Beard
GEORGE was well- known for running a snooker and social club in Old Market which was only a short distance from where he was born.
The 99 Club was next door to the former King's Cinema where he met his wife, Sheila, who worked there as a cashier.
George was born in nearby Gloucester Lane and after leaving school, he trained at King's College in London as a ship's cook and joined the Merchant Navy when he was 18.
He served on more than 50 ships and went round the world at least four times. Some of his voyages were more than two years long.
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After leaving the navy in his late 20s, George first worked in the docks and had a succession of jobs such as painting and decorating and road-laying.
During the 60s, he ran the snooker club and was himself an accomplished player of the game, often taking part in matches for money.
George loved football and was a keen Bristol City supporter and also enjoyed a flutter on the horses. He often enjoyed a drink with his friends at the Southmead Community Centre.
He never actually retired as he was the sort of person who could turn his hand to anything and therefore continued working well into his 70s.
For more than 50 years, the family home was in Home Close, Southmead, but about 20 years ago, George and Sheila moved to Greystoke Avenue.
George was very youthful for his 85 years and it came as a shock to the family when he was rushed to hospital in severe pain with a burst ulcer. He developed septicaemia and peronitis which led to organ failure.
His daughter Elena said: "He was such a happy-go-lucky person, everyone loved him.
"He always thought of others before himself."
His funeral was held at Canford Crematorium on Monday, January 21, where he was buried next to his grandson, Nicholas.