Much-loved ice cream man gives gift of life
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