Funeral for well known shopkeeper

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Shoppers and traders in Chorley have paid tribute to a popular businessman who has died.

John Clark ran the Chorley Health Food Store off New Market Street for25 years.

He passed away peacefully at home on April 5.

Despite having a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer, John asked that mourners were not to be sad at his passing.

Son James said: “He felt that he did not want people to be marose or miserable.

“He wanted us to celebrate his life. He asked that everyone should wear bright clothes and not be too downbeat.”

His son James has led the tributes to his dad.

He said: “I think he loved doing the job. He was a very sociable person and trying to help people with their problems. He seemed to get a lot out of it.

“The Chorley Health Food Store was quite a change from what he did before as he ran a fish and chip shop and before that was a milkman.

“So you could say in some ways that he worked in different parts of the food industry.

“He got into the health shop because he thought people were taking an interest in eating more healthy and took advantage of a business opportunity.”

Graham Archer, of St Michael’s Close, Chorley said: “John was a fervent supporter of the town centre.

“He would have loved to see the reopening of Market Street, as I know that he was a keen supporter of this move.

“His shop prospered due to his personal commitment. He was always there to discuss a problem, often handing out copies from trade magazines to explain what he had to offer.

“It is this personal touch which makes all the difference and which, all too often, is lacking these days.”

John leaves behind daughter Michelle, James and Juliet and grandfather Andrew as well as being a brother of Muriel.

The funeral is at St Barnabas Parish Church in Heapey today (Wednesday) at 3.15pm followed by a committal at Charnock Richard

The family have asked friends to attend in bright clothes.

The funeral is being conducted by B Livesey Ltd. Enquiries to 01257 262602.