Bernard Eddy was born in Kensington on 22nd June 1948 and was brought up in Fulham.
An only child he demonstrated a passion for ice skating, taking lessons at both Queens and Streatham.
Bernard passed his first test at Queens on his 14th birthday and soon progressed. Within 2 years he had passed silver tests in figures, free and ice dance, as well as bronze pairs.
Medals and trophies in open competitions soon followed but Bernard was at his most effective as a coach and choreographer.
Bernard coached at Streatham but had a very long association at Southampton where he coached pupils to podium places in British Championships and also gained a reputation as a pairs coach.
He excelled in choreography, often with Jane Faulkner and others, he used this skill to great effect in the in the annual Christmas Show, in which he also took part. Locally the show was a Christmas highlight and was always well attended.
He continued to coach at Southampton until the opening of the Bracknell rink in 1988 when he joined the Chris Howarth’s newly formed team.
Bernard worked at Bracknell for many years and could regularly be seen early morning driving the Zamboni to prepare the ice for the early morning coaching sessions.
He had a short hiatus at Guildford before returning to Bracknell, but failing health soon caught up with him. With severe pain from arthritis he realized that he could no longer take to the ice to coach but continued from the barrier as long as he was able.
Bernard had a long association with Bournemouth, where his uncle, Jack Vincent, used to organize entertainment in the function rooms at the Westover Ice Rink.
So, it was with a sad heart that Bernard retired from the ice to live in Bournemouth.
Bernard, a popular figure in the Southern rinks, sadly passed away on the 27th November 2018, aged 70.
Funeral details will be confirmed as soon as they are available.
This article is by British Ice Skating Historian, Elaine Hooper.