Friends have been mourning the death of former Newmarket butcher Tony Holloway.
Mr Holloway, who was 79, was found collapsed in his Malvern Close home after concerned neighbours alerted police. He was taken to West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds, where he died on Friday.
Life-long friend Tony Taylor, who ran the pet shop in the town’s Market Street opposite Mr Holloway’s butcher’s shop, said: “He was a quiet, modest man who loved the town. He was very, very generous,generous to the extreme.
“He had everybody’s birthday in his diary and every anniversary. He gave presents to everyone. He will be sadly missed,” said Mr Taylor.
Born in Newmarket Mr Holloway was the youngest of four children and the only son of Frank and Ethel Ruby Holloway. He went to All Saints and Newmarket Grammar schools and excelled at athletics holding county records for both the 440 and 880 yards.
He did his National Service with the Suffolk Regiment and also ran for the Army as well as being a member of the Newmarket Harriers athletics club. He also played football for Newmarket Town junior and senior teams and was a good table tennis and tennis player. In later life, he played bowls and was president of the Newmarket Avenue Club for 20 years.
He worked with his father before taking over the family’s butcher business, which he ran successfully for 46 years.He retired in 1996 but would never divulge the ‘secret’ recipe for the sausages his shop became renowned for.
His funeral service will be held at Newmarket’s All Saints’ Church on Wednesday, April 23, at 2pm. Donations will be for Newmarket Day Centre.