Sunday, September 25, 2022

Tributes paid to Billy Blundell who has passed away

ONE of Thurrock’s legendary figures and self-confessed criminal hard man Billy Blundell has died.

His son, Bill junior, made the announcement on social media, which has led to a wave of tributes to the East End hard man who, with his brother Eddie, created a business empire.

The brothers built up an ice cream sales business in the East End in the sixties and branched out into other activities including property rental.

Billy, 77, was involved in the shooting of three members of a rival gang in broad daylight on Ilford High Street. He was charged with attempted murder, but a jury cleared him, saying he acted in self defence.

The brothers, who moved to Thurrock after leaving the East End, making homes in South Ockendon, were involved in many other shady activities and spoke openly of their criminal involvement and hard men reputation, but also acquired a legendary status.

On Thursday (27 August) Billy’s son took to Facebook to say: “Sadly Facebook is the best way to notify friends that today my Dad – the legend that is Billy Blundell has passed away.”

Hundreds of local people have visited the post and paid their personal tributes to a man whose name will always be synonymous with ‘old school’ East London gangland.

ONE of Thurrock’s legendary figures and self-confessed criminal hard man Billy Blundell has died.

His son, Bill junior, made the announcement on social media, which has led to a wave of tributes to the East End hard man who, with his brother Eddie, created a business empire.

The brothers built up an ice cream sales business in the East End in the sixties and branched out into other activities including property rental.

Billy, 77, was involved in the shooting of three members of a rival gang in broad daylight on Ilford High Street. He was charged with attempted murder, but a jury cleared him, saying he acted in self defence.

The brothers, who moved to Thurrock after leaving the East End, making homes in South Ockendon, were involved in many other shady activities and spoke openly of their criminal involvement and hard men reputation, but also acquired a legendary status.

On Thursday (27 August) Billy’s son took to Facebook to say: “Sadly Facebook is the best way to notify friends that today my Dad – the legend that is Billy Blundell has passed away.”

Hundreds of local people have visited the post and paid their personal tributes to a man whose name will always be synonymous with ‘old school’ East London gangland.

16 COMMENTS

  1. I knew Eddie and Billy from the Square Ring days 1964 to 1969, Their brother in Law , was Johnny Bonner , who worked at the Sqare Ring Coffee Bar in Forest Gate.
    I did some Electrical work for them at 6th Ave, Manor Park in the 60’s, back then they were doing Ice Cream in summer, and Zodie Cabs in winter time.
    Eddie and Billy were very close as brothers, and always treated me ok, I was Quite shocked that Billy had past away, R I P, Billy,
    Best Regards: Chris Colton.

  2. Rest in peace billy , I had the pleasure of meeting you a good few times , and you helped me once with a phone call to someone . Always wanted to work for you , always respected you , and will always remember you .
    TB ..

  3. RIP Billy condolences to all the family. Great memories up the farm.what a bloke glad to have the memories sad loss for family and friends.

  4. He was a great block to know and did have a hart in the right place be fair with him and you got fair play back he be a miss by many in Ilford R.I.P Billy

  5. Met him in Maidstone prison in the eighties..
    We were on a bricklaying course….
    Unlike the typical stereotype of prisoners…
    He was kind full of stories and jokes!!!
    Rip O.G
    I’m of Jamaican heritage
    Marshall

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