Trib­utes paid to chemist

Rossendale Free Press - - Front Page - CHRIS GEE chris.gee@trin­i­tymiror.com @@RossFreePress

TRIB­UTES have been paid to a phar­ma­cist who was ‘ well loved’ by the com­mu­nity he served for more than 25 years.

John Mills died peace­fully on Friday, March 16 in Springhill Hos­pice aged 81 af­ter a bat­tle with blad­der can­cer.

Mr Mills was a phar­ma­cist all his ca­reer, liv­ing and working in Water­foot, where he ran a chain of four chemists from the early 1970s un­til 1998.

He was born in Rochdale and stud­ied at De La Salle Col­lege and Brad­ford Univer­sity, be­fore qual­i­fy­ing. On his first day at work he met his late wife Eileen and in 1973 they moved to Water­foot, run­ning phar­ma­cies to­gether for 25 years, start­ing with a sin­gle shop on Burnley Road East, where they lived in the flat above.

He went into part­ner­ship with three other phar­ma­cists and later in his ca­reer he ran the chemists next to Water­foot Health Cen­tre.

Mr Mills’ daugh­ter, Margaret Kelly said: “Dad was well loved and re­spected by gen­er­a­tions of folk in Water­foot and the sur­round­ing area.

“He would go above and be­yond to ex­tend a per­sonal ser­vice, vis­it­ing the nurs­ing homes to give out pre­scrip­tions and call­ing in on those who found it dif­fi­cult to get out. “He was trusted and re­spected by the doc­tors who knew what a good job he was do­ing. Many peo­ple came to him for med­i­cal ad­vice. He was uni­ver­sally trusted.

“I think be­ing a phar­ma­cist was the per­fect job for him as he loved the hu­man in­ter­ac­tion and meet­ing peo­ple.”

Af­ter re­tir­ing in 1998, Mr Mills be­gan to ex­plore a pas­sion for travel and learn­ing for­eign lan­guages.

Margaret, 54, added: “He was very ad­ven­tur­ous, vis­it­ing In­dia, Viet­nam, Egypt and Amer­ica, of­ten alone as my mum was a bit of a home bird.

“He learned Rus­sian at col­lege and when I was go­ing through his things I found col­lege ad­mis­sion forms from when he was in his 70s where he went to learn Ger­man and Span­ish.

“He also loved jazz and clas­si­cal mu­sic and was a long-stand­ing mem­ber of the Rochdale Gramo­phone So­ci­ety.”

Mr Mills had daugh­ters Margaret and He­len Hall, sis­ters Kath­leen, Doreen, Brenda and Elaine, late brother Brian, four grand­chil­dren and one great-grand­child.

His fu­neral ser­vice will take place at Rochdale Cre­ma­to­rium, at 3pm on Tues­day, April 10 and all are wel­come to at­tend.

John (front, with glasses) with the team at the Water­foot chemists

●● John Mills in his later years and with his wife Eileen on his re­tire­ment in 1998

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