Shock death of pop­u­lar shop owner

Accrington Observer - - FRONT PAGE - JON MACPHER­SON jon.macpher­ @JonMacMEN

TRIB­UTES have been paid to a for­mer newsagent and sweet shop owner who died just six weeks af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with can­cer.

Melvyn Dick­in­son ran a newsagent shop on Union Road in Oswaldtwistle in the 1980s be­fore set­ting up J M Dick­in­son sweet shop on Burn­ley Road in Ac­cring­ton from 1988 to 2002.

The Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley sea­son ticket holder passed away at Gr­ey­croft Res­i­den­tial Home in Ac­cring­ton on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 25, aged 78.

His daugh­ter He­len Dick­in­son said he had only been di­ag­nosed with can­cer six weeks ear­lier.

She said: “It came as a big shock as he was as fit as a fid­dle. The can­cer was all over.”

Around 100 peo­ple at­tended his fu­neral ser­vice this week at Cam­bridge Street Methodist Church in Ac­cring­ton where he had been a parish­ioner for around 50 years.

Over the decades he had served as trea­surer, chief stew­ard and worked on sev­eral com­mit­tees.

He­len, who now lives in Lon­don, said: “He was very pop­u­lar and we’ve had so many cards.

“He was Ac­cring­ton born and bred and when he had the sweet shop in Ac­cring­ton he knew that area very well as he was brought up around Dowry Street.

“He would have kids come into his shop and they would grow up and then bring their own kids in.

“He had trained as a tai­lor but went into re­tail and en­joyed run­ning his own busi­ness.

“He had a very wry sense of hu­mour and was very quiet but you knew he was there. He had a pres­ence about him and would an­a­lyse things. He was a good ne­go­tia­tor.

He­len said her father ran the newsagents in Oswaldtwistle for five years but didn’t en­joy the early hours.

She said: “You would have to be up at 5am and if the pa­per boys and girls didn’t turn up then he would have to do them or I would.

“I helped out in the shop and ran it on Sun­day morn­ings.

“Ev­ery­body used to come in and have a good gossip.” Melvyn at­tended sev­eral matches at Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley this sea­son and was also at the Wham Sta­dium last sea­son when the Reds were crowned cham­pi­ons.

He leaves his wife of 52 years Mar­garet and was father of He­len and the late An­drew.

SEE p12 for obit­u­ary

Melvyn Dick­in­son

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