Wife’s crusade for better Alzheimers awareness ‘for Ted’

Edward 'Ted' Rolls died on June 4 and had a long battle with Alzheimers.
Edward 'Ted' Rolls died on June 4 and had a long battle with Alzheimers.

The wife of a former well known Sutton man is giving a glimpse into his amazing life as she begins her campaign for better provisions for Alzheimer’s suffers.

After a difficult three-year battle with Alzheimer’s, Edward Rolls, known to many as Ted, died on June 4, aged 90.

Prior to his death, Ted was one of Sutton on Sea’s liveliest retirees, taking part in every aspect of town life as possible.

With his partner and wife Margaret by his side, the couple were the coastal town’s dream team, if there was an event going or in Sutton or a club to be joined, you can guarantee that the couple would be involved.

Following Ted’s death, his beloved wife Margaret spoke to the Leader about his stints in the army and navy, his time in the foreign office, all of the Sutton on Sea engagements he was involved with and her crusade to make more people in the area aware about Alzheimer’s and to not be afraid.

Margaret Rolls said: “Ted was born on September 6, 1923 in Islington, London. He joined the Navy as a teenager and served as a telegraphist until his discharge in 1947.

“After the navy, not knowing what to do next, Ted took a job at Co-op in Nottingham after having moved to the town when he was 11. We met at the company’s annual dance and swept me away to dance and our life together started from there.

“After we married and had three beautiful daughters, Ted joined the army and went into the signals regiment. The great thing for us was that the army provided married quarters. He was stationed all over, which included Gibraltar and Germany. After 12 years in the army, Ted ended up working for the foreign office for 10 years before we retired to Sutton on Sea in 1981.”

Margaret added: “Ted had a great sense of humour and everyone knew him for his willingness to join in with as much as possible. This included the town council, Sutton Players, we founded the Marisco Music Hall, as amateur dramatics was our one main joint interest, plus Sutton and Trusthorpe Carnival, plus many others in-between.

“But as Ted’s health deteriorated it was more difficult for us to get out and it has hard for people to know what to say. So now I really want to help make more people aware in the area about Alzheimer’s and hopefully even get a drop-in centre. I want to do this for Ted.”