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In memory of Eric Booth

It is with great sadness we post the Obituary of one of the OI community’s most influential figures in wheelchair design. Mr Eric Booth who devoted much of his life to those within the OI community and those connected with the Brittle Bone Society, has passed away Wednesday 4th February 2015.  Chairman Elaine Healey, Trustee and staff send condolences to Eric’s widow, to his family and to his friends. We have received many messages about Eric’s passing and have been asked by close friend and associate Alison Wisbeach - Occupational Therapist, (great supporter of the work of the Brittle Bone Society) to publish this obituary. You can read Alison’s own moving tribute below.

The funeral shall be held on 18th February and the family have asked for donations to be sent to either the Brittle Bone Society or to Lifeline4kids. Eric’s  daughter Jan may be contacted on thebank@02.co.uk   RIP Eric

 

Tribute from Alison Wisbeach

It's with enormous sadness I write to let you know that Eric Booth died on Weds 4th Feb. Many will remember him as a brilliant engineer who devoted much of his time making the first powered chairs for children with O.I. Together we travelled the country visiting families to find out what type of chair they needed which he would then design and build - individual chairs for each. He worked with countless other children, in particular those with limb deficiencies as a result of Thalidomide and those various dystrophies. In all the years I knew him I don't ever remember him turning anybody down, ploughing the funds from talks that he gave back into wheelchair provision. Nobody went without!!! We had long days and great laughs. He gave me my enthusiasm for working with engineers to develop novel equipment to meet gaps in the commercial market. He was a true gentleman and genius.

Eric had a day job at Queen Mary's college and latterly moved to the engineering dept at Putney Neurocare. He never lost his enthusiasm for design dedicated to helping others. He even managed to find time to Chair his local REMAP. I always felt that he never gained the true recognition that he deserved. Now I see mid wheel drive chairs as common place amongst manufacturers. Eric made the original design.

He was a true friend to the BBS, the children and their families. He was unique. It was true privilege to have worked with him for so many year and although had not seen him lately still received news of him and cannot imagine a world without him.

We love and thank you Eric

 

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One of Eric's first designs.  Children's chair a mini comet