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Former traffic cop Ken dies, aged 69
6:00pm Friday 30th August 2013 in News
A FORMER traffic cop from Frinton has died, aged 69.
Ken Oehlrich died peacefully at home in The Esplanade on Saturday following a long illness.
He was born in Romford on June 14, 1944, and went on to school in Chelmsford before joining the police as a cadet aged just 18.
He worked at Chelmsford, Hornchurch, Walton and Harwich before moving to the traffic section, which was initially based in Clacton, in 1969.
Over the years he dealt with countless accidents and escorted several members of the royal family, including Princess Diana on three occasions.
During his time at the police he received three commendations, one of which was for bravery
He was the longest serving member of the Thorpe traffic section when he retired after 30 years in the force in 1992.
After retiring from the police he started up his own odd job business in Frinton called Oddjob.
Mr Oehlrich has also been chairman of Frinton 41 Club and was a member of Walton and Frinton Yacht Club. He was also well known as a quizmaster.
Mr Oehlrich leaves his partner Barbara, sons Daniel and Ben and granddaughter Morgan.