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‘So many loved him’: Town pays respect to ‘famous wheeler-dealer’ who died age 58

PUBLISHED: 14:44 04 May 2020 | UPDATED: 10:07 05 May 2020

Tributes have been made to a well loved ‘wheeler-dealer’ who passed away last month after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Photo: Provided

Tributes have been made to a well loved ‘wheeler-dealer’ who passed away last month after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Photo: Provided

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Tributes have been made to a well loved ‘wheeler-dealer’ who passed away last month after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

"From Bungay to Beccles the streets were filled with friends and those that knew David, all clapping, saluting and blowing kisses as we drove past." Photo: Provided

David Caley, 58, from Bungay, has been honoured by his friends and family after he passed away on Sunday, April 5.

Originally from Essex, Mr Caley lived in Bungay for the last forty years after moving to the town with his wife Elizabeth (known as Anne).

“He was a friendly guy who got on with everybody, which was shown with the amount of people who came out to pay their respects,” said one of his daughters, Karen Vincent.

“Because of coronavirus we couldn’t have the funeral he wanted, but [on Thursday, April 23] we had a procession from Bungay to Beccles and the streets were filled with friends and those that knew David, all clapping, saluting and blowing kisses as we drove past. It was overwhelming.”

Loving his cars and especially his flat-bed trucks, Mr Caley’s daughters said he had told them he didn’t want a traditional funeral. Photo: ProvidedLoving his cars and especially his flat-bed trucks, Mr Caley’s daughters said he had told them he didn’t want a traditional funeral. Photo: Provided

Mr Caley first worked in Bungay as a butcher next door to Newson Fish and Chips, where he met his wife, before he became a builder and went on to buying and selling cars.

“He was a bit of a Del Boy, always looking for a deal,” his daughter Karen said. “He was always scheming and would sometimes come home in a different car to the one he left in. Growing up we never wanted for anything.”

Loving his cars and especially his flat-bed trucks, Mr Caley’s daughters said he had told them he didn’t want a traditional funeral.

His daughter said: “He was famous for his trucks, he had several, and everyone knew him by them - or his old red jaguar - and it was his wish to go on the back of a truck for his last journey. He didn’t like black cars and never wanted that tradition.

“It was David Jay, one of dad’s oldest friends, who had a truck re-sprayed for his funeral. The family were deeply touched by the love of him and the community which dad loved, all coming to pay their respects.”

Mr Caley is survived by his wife, two daughters and four grandchildren.


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