Wednesday 29 March 2023

Death of a Retired Police Officer: PC 1414 Eric Findlay Strachan

It is with deep regret that we inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer, PC 1414 Eric Findlay Strachan of Chester-le-Street, who died at his home on Monday 13th March 2023, aged 78 years.

Eric was appointed to the Metropolitan Police Force on 13th January 1964, serving at Kennington / Oval ‘L’ Division; after transferring to Durham Constabulary in 1974 he served predominantly at Chester-le-Street, the Peterlee, ending his service at Durham City Police Office.  Eric received his Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, but was sadly medically retired in 1987.

His photograph depicts him, in ceremonial uniform in 1965, in preparation for the State Funeral of Sir Winston Churchill.

He is survived by sons, Allister and Stuart; Eric’s wife, Audrey died in 2014.

A funeral service is to be held at 2.00pm Monday 3rd April 2023, at Durham Crematorium, South Road, Durham DH1 3TQ.

Family flowers only, any donations in lieu to the Great North Air Ambulance Service.

Following the funeral, friends and colleagues are invited to join the family at Chester-le-Street Cricket Club, Ropery Lane, Chester-le-Street DH3 3PF.

Our thoughts are with Eric’s family and friends at this sad time.

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