Paddi Eales 2nd Aug 1934 – 1st Dec 2021

Feb 2, 2022

Celebrating the Life of Paddi Eales 2nd Aug 1934 – 1st Dec 2021 It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of our long time very active and only recently retired from the Club Committee Member, Paddi Eales. From Paddi’s earlier conversations, she recalled joining the VHVC in the 1980’s at the Stag Inn Newport where the club monthly meetings took place, she soon became an active committee member, as editor of the Ladies Page and supporting husband and lifelong partner Jack, in his major roles within the club. Paddi’s background was as an ice dance entertainer with Jack, in the Music Halls and Theatres around the country, towing a caravan from town to town to live in and save money on “digs”, this brought her into contact and working with many of the celebrities of the day, such as Tommy Trinder, Max Wall, Tommy Cooper, Arthur Askey to name but a few. Later when the music halls began to close, a new career as a professional ballroom dancer with Jack and later as a performer on cruise liners, along with her lifelong friend Scott McKay. Paddi had by this time in 1960 already purchased the long time home on the Island with Jack at Thorley. Upon retirement Classic cars became one of the social hobbies of her life. Many of us tried to get her to write her life story which would have been amazing, but typically Paddi would brush our plea aside saying, “Who would want to read that” alas we may never know the half of her incredible life experiences. But will remember her as a good friend, Forthright, Talented, Excellent seamstress who made many outfits for shows and collections, Welcoming, Warm hearted, Gregarious, Funny, Wicked sense of Humour, Once met never forgotten, Wilful and Free Spirited and Never short of a word or a hundred. A very unique much loved lady who I was an honoured to call a friend. The owning of a Hillman Aero Minx, Triumph Herald, Riley and two red MGB GT’s (Red Pig 1 & 2) saw them at shows and events on the mainland and Island as well as close links with mainland classic car clubs, taking part in exchange visits often with tales to tell along the way. Paddi became an active committee member of the VHVC committee for many years and was always willing to take on work in various roles and organise signs and banners for shows, particularly our Open Days. Those who met or knew her will each have so many memories of Paddi which will stay with us. She meant so much to so many people in the different spheres of her life. Our thoughts and condolences, at this time go to her wide circle of friends, from many walks of her life.