Larger than life Tom loses can­cer bat­tle

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your - By KEN MCERLAIN ken.mcerlain@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

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.

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