Tributes paid to former chorister who was known for helping good causes

YOUNG AT HEART Ted Wragg
YOUNG AT HEART Ted Wragg

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PASSIONATE about music, Ted Wragg, who died aged 100, will be remembered for his extensive CD collection and the music shows he used to put on.

Mr Wragg was born in Norfolk and lived in Scotland before moving down to Farlington, in Portsmouth, in 1954.

He travelled around the country in his lifetime and music was a great love of his life.

He spent time as a Norwich Cathedral chorister which boosted his passion for classical music.

He would share his love of music with other residents at the care home he was in by putting on shows.

Brian, his son, aged 77, said: ‘He would pick CDs from his collection and set them up for the other residents to enjoy.

‘They would vary from his favourite classical pieces to marching songs.

‘And it was something he would find amusing to do.’

Along with music, Mr Wragg cared for his family which grew to seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Brian added: ‘My father was always young-minded and this is something that everyone knew about him.

‘It helped him with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and he always showed interest in them.

‘They would talk about everything they were up to and although he wouldn’t necessarily know what they were talking about, he would always ask questions and listen to what they had to say.’

Mr Wragg also served in the army and was enlisted three days before the Second World War started.

He served until November 1945, initially as a private, then as a lieutenant before achieving the rank of captain.

After he left the army, Mr Wragg worked for Leigh Electronics, in Havant, when he first moved to Portsmouth.

He later founded Portchester Microtools with his wife Berly, which was based on the old Portsmouth city airport site.

Mr Wragg was also a founding member of Portsmouth North Rotary Club as well as Havant Probus clubs.

‘He rarely missed a meeting,’ said Brian.

‘He felt passionate about supporting local causes and bringing assistance to those people who needed it.

‘He was from the old school and fought his corner in matter that he felt passionate about.’

Mr Wragg would also attend a lot of fundraisers and fetes to show his support for causes, and would bring along his BSA 500 motorcycle with its shallow sidecar.

Brian said the motorcycle was always a favourite with the crowds along with his classic car, the Alvis convertible.

He added: ‘The engineer in my father allowed him, for a number of years, to follow his knowledge in rebuilding and maintaining vintage motor cycles and cars.’

A birthday celebration took place last year for Mr Wragg’s 100th birthday at the Royal Marines Museum, Eastney.

· Ted Wragg, born on July 23, 1912, died on May 5, 2012