THE FAMILY of a multiple Hastings in Bloom winner have pledged to continue his hard work following his death.
Green-fingered Joe Deeprose’s prize-winning garden, in Rymill Road, was his pride and joy, and strangers would drop by to admire the flowers and plants.
He would enter the Hastings in Bloom competition every year without fail, and took the top prize on several occasions.
He displayed his competition plaques proudly by the front door.
Mr Deeprose, 85, passed away on February 22 after contracting pneumonia, and his daughter Sandra Walker, 53, said that the family would be keeping the garden going for her father, including entering Hastings in Bloom this year.
She said: “He loved his flowers. Some plants arrived just the other day that he had ordered.
“We promised him we would keep the garden going.”
Mr Deeprose, who has seven children, 24 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren, lived in Hastings for many years, and worked until the age of 65, at a range of outdoor jobs such as fruit-picking and wood-cutting.
He was married for over 60 years to his wife, Vi, who died two years ago at the age of 83.
Mr Deeprose left Rymill Road in a gardener’s coffin on March 1.
Ms Walker said: “He had a very dignified send-off with horses and carriage.
“I like to think he went out in style. The amount of people who stopped and took their hats off was amazing.”