He always had a smile for his customers

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A service to celebrate the life of former Newmarket butcher, Gordon Reeve, will be held at the town’s St Mary’s Church at 2pm on Tuesday.

Mr Reeve, died on Saturday after a short illness. He was 80.

Together with his wife Mary. Mr Reeve ran E J Ingle butchers in New Cheveley Road for 30 years until the couple retired in 1997 when the shop closed.

On completion of his National Service in 1954 Mr Reeve started work for his future father-in-law, John Ingle, where he met Mary who was also working in the shop. “They were childhood sweethearts,” said their daughter Libby Grimster.

When Mr Ingle retired in 1967, the couple, who by then had been married for ten years, took over the business and expanded it buying the neighbouring shop which they turned into a delicatessen.

It was truly a family affair as they worked with son, Eric, who concentrated on the butchery business and daughter, Libby, who ran the deli counter.

“We had a fantastic team of staff and helpers over the years and dad always thanked each and everyone of them every night. He always had a smile for everyone who came into the shop and he always made every customer feel special, which they were,” said Libby.

For years Mr Reeve provided the barbecue at fundraisers at Ditton Lodge primary and Scaltback middle schools and, with his wife put on the harvest lunch at St Mary’s Church for 24 years.

After they retired, the couple who shared a love of racing were regulars at Fakenham races where they were members. “Gordon was named after the jockey Gordon Richards who rode seven winners the day before he was born and a winner on the day after,” said Mrs Reeve.