Much-loved ice cream man gives gift of life

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By ALEXAN­DRA RUCKI alexan­[email protected] @Alexan­draRucki

THE fam­ily and cus­tomers of a pop­u­lar ice cream man who died sud­denly have paid trib­ute to him.

Jef­frey Wor­rall sold ice creams to cus­tomers from his van in Partington and Urm­ston for more than 15 years.

The 53-year-old died sud­denly last week af­ter suf­fer­ing from a bleed on the brain.

Jeff, who has six chil­dren and three grand­chil­dren, was pre­vi­ously fit and healthy. He was well known in Traf­ford and would of­ten give ice creams to chil­dren for free if their fam­i­lies were strug­gling for money.

Jeff’s el­dest son Nathaniel Wor­rall, 27, said the fam­ily have been left dev­as­tated fol­low­ing his dad’s death on Tues­day, Novem­ber 26.

He told the M.E.N.: “He has been an ice cream man for a long time.

“He helped ev­ery­body. He has car­ried on help­ing peo­ple now and do­nated or­gans. We got a mes­sage to say three peo­ple re­ceived help from him. It is bril­liant. He worked as an ice cream man for 15 years. He loved his job. He was out in the snow, he only took off Christ­mas Day.”

“He was healthy, never smoked or drank. It was a mas­sive shock. I still can’t be­lieve it. He was my best mate.”

Nathaniel said the fam­ily have been over­whelmed by the num­ber of mes­sages they have re­ceived prais­ing Jeff.

An on­line fundrais­ing page has also been cre­ated by the Partington com­mu­nity in trib­ute to the ice cream man, with all do­na­tions be­ing given to his fam­ily. The com­mu­nity has al­ready raised more than £1,000.

Nathaniel said: “We are dead proud. Ev­ery­one is say­ing he has helped my kids and gave them free ice creams when I didn’t have the money. He is a leg­end, he was kind to ev­ery­one.

“It is crazy I could go on and on about the mes­sages. I knew how good he was, I didn’t re­alise how many oth­ers ac­tu­ally loved him too.”

Many of Jeff’s cus­tomers posted trib­utes on so­cial me­dia sites. One said: “He was a very kind man, if ever I was short, he would just say, pay me next time. My con­do­lences to his loved ones at this very sad time.”

Nathaniel plans to con­tinue to sell ice creams from his dad’s van in Partington and Urm­ston.

Jeff ’s funeral will take place at Altrincham Cre­ma­to­rium on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 10, at 12.45pm. Mem­bers of the public are in­vited to the funeral, but just fam­ily will be at­tend­ing the wake.

A pro­ces­sion will be trav­el­ling through Partington be­fore­hand, in­clud­ing some ice cream vans, and cus­tomers are in­vited to pay their fi­nal re­spects at the Tree of Hope memo­rial on Chapel Lane.

Jef­frey Wor­rall served his com­mu­nity for 15 years

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