Larger than life Tom loses cancer battle
PICTURE: DAVID HOUSDEN TRIBUTES have been paid to a “colourful” restaurant owner who died after a battle with throat cancer.
Tom Guy (58) ran the Fiddlesticks restaurant in Wansford since 1997 and became very well-known in the village.
He died on December 11 following two years of cancer treatment - and exactly 14 years after opening the traditional English restaurant.
Mr Guy ran the London Road eatery with his partner Dawn Cox and the couple also lived above the venue.
Miss Cox (53) said: “Tom was a colourful character and a real people person who loved being around others.
“He loved wearing suits, colourful ties and hats - that was his character shining through.
“Tom had his own style. At Christmas he would wear festive hats and in summer it would be straw boaters.
“He was easily recognisable and because of his line of work became very well known in Wansford.
“He also liked to know what was going on and would often stand looking down the road to see what was happening.
“It was always our dream to open a restaurant together and we loved every minute of it.”
The couple met over 30 years ago while working together at a pub in Northamptonshire.
Mr Guy, originally from Bushey in London, worked in various roles in the hospitality trade before taking over the restaurant.
Miss Cox, from March, added: “Many couples would never be able to work together but Tom and I could - we had the right chemistry.
“He was front of house because he had the gift of the gab and enjoyed meeting and greeting customers.
“I was the chef working in the engine room, chained to the stove! We relied on other part-time staff to help out.
“It’s a demanding job, but we made so many wonderful friends with both customers and staff.”
While Mr Guy underwent treatment he was unable to work full time and the couple decided to sell the venue.
This Sunday will be Miss Cox’s final day working there and she admitted it would be an emotional occasion.
She added: “It will be the end of an era and I’m not sure how I’ll feel when I cook my last ever meal.
“I plan to have some time to myself and get my head around eve- rything before deciding what to do next.
“People in the village have been so kind over the past week.
“The support I’ve received has been unbelievable and I’m so grateful.”
Away from work Mr Guy was a keen spectator of cricket and supported Watford Football Club.
Miss Cox added: “Tom used to work at a pub in Nassington and became a keen fan of the village cricket team.
“He didn’t play the game but loved watching from the sidelines and making comments on the state of play.
“One year the team gave him a specially carved wooden spoon as a joke which had a picture of his head on it.
“The team thought he was a bit of a stirrer and Tom, being Tom saw the funny side of it.
“We had a wonderful life together and even while Tom was having his treatment his spirit never dipped - he was an inspiration.”
A funeral for Mr Guy will be held at Wansford Parish Church on Thursday, December 22 from 1.30pm.
chapel repairs: Property steward Gordon Mccartney and treasurer Charles Stewart. A LEAKY chapel is getting a new roof thanks to a heritage charity.
The Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust has lent money to Elton Methodist Chapel to carry out urgent repairs.
The old chapel, built in 1864, has begun to leak badly and the Collyweston tiles must be expertly removed, refurbished and replaced.
Thankfully the trust has stepped in handing the chapel a £2,000 grant and a £6,000 interest free loan.
Charles Stewart, chapel treasurer said: “After assessing the possibility that further damage could be done to the roof if left to the elements, the trust swiftly came to our aid. It has huge experience in the maintenance of ancient buildings and their help and advice has been invaluable.”
The building is one of the few non-conformist chapels to retain all of its original features and was recently put on an American university’s must-see list.
COLOURFUL character: Restaurant owner Tom Guy who died after battling throat cancer.