Erica Prout Nee Hawks

Wife of Francis Prout {G.Prout & Sons]

Erica was a keen canoeist being a member with Francis of the Canvey Island canoe club she also enjoyed crewing for Francis in his Prout Shearwater catamaran, “Yellow Bird” and in their 37ft Snowgoose cruising Catamaran,”Mother Goose”.

Francis and Erica on Mothergoose in Calias

Jane her daughter was a member of the Canvey Sea Rangers under the guidance of skipper Madge Moore. Stephen their son also loved sailing especially in his Prout 12ft Junior catamaran.

Erica was born in Hadleigh Essex and after marrying Francis lived first in Benfleet and then in Cleveland Road, Canvey. In later years they bought a weekend cottage in Debenham Suffolk and on retirement moved up there to live.

Soon after they married in 1948 they did a canoe trip in a Prout 14.ft folding canoe “Speedwell” from Eastbourne to Canvey, camping on beaches on the way round. The attached photos show them being greeted by family and the press on their arrival back to Canvey.

Geoffrey Prout and Erica’s Mother greeting them

Erica Passed away on the 18th September 2010

She was a lovely sister and I shall miss her a lot, during the war years after leave from the MN I always found a little surprise present in my case on arrive back in my cabin.

A memorial service was held in Debenham on the 25th September 2010 where apart from family a number of old Canvey friends attended.

Ian & Erica

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Comments about this page

  • Grandma was a genuine star, regardless of whether or not I am related to her, I have met so many people who will express the same affection.. I have never met someone as beautiful in life as this woman and I feel honoured to have known her. I will carry the impression she has made on me for the rest of my life. Not only did she embody class to the fullest but she was the true essence of grandmotherhood (which I think should classify as a word). Her love was unconditional. I miss you so much Grandma.

    By Rachel Howard (23/02/2012)
  • Lovely words Rachael thanks. ian.hawks@googlemail.com

    By Ian Hawks (24/02/2012)
  • I am sorry to have to tell you all that Ian Hawks died Tuesday 11th June 2013. We have just been informed by his daughter Susan. He has contributed many pages to the Archive. RIP Ian

    By Janet Penn (13/06/2013)
  • Very sad news, a very good friend and workmate my sincere condolances to his family. RIP Ian.

    By Mike Brown (15/06/2013)

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