Death: Tributes paid to remarkable 104-year-old Hull man who had incredible links to the Viola trawler – The 104-year-old son of a former Viola trawler skipper who missed out on his own nautical career after being forced to live on a farm by an orphanage has died.
According to hulldailymail.co.uk, George Eric Tharratt, better known as Eric, transitioned from farming to pharmaceuticals and worked for Smith & Nephew for 46 years. But his love of the sea never faded, and he and his daughter Pat were among the first to donate to the effort to bring the Viola trawler back to Hull.
On Tuesday, March 29, barely three months before his 105th birthday, he died quietly at his home in Gipsyville’s St Nicholas Avenue. Pat, Pat’s daughter, paid tribute. He had been in wonderful health just days before he died, she added, despite his age.
“Despite the fact that Dad had been using a cane for the past two years,” she continued, “he remained in wonderful health until only a few days before his death.” He had more hobbies than time, and in his 104 years, he saw a lot.”