Family pays tribute to business owner after cancer battle

John Stewart died after a battle with cancer. ANL-150715-135620001
John Stewart died after a battle with cancer. ANL-150715-135620001
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The family of a well-known business owner and former councillor from Sudbury who died last week have asked for funeral-goers not to wear black.

John Stewart died on Sunday, July 5, after a battle with cancer.

Mr Stewart moved to Sudbury from Lincolnshire 20 years ago to open the Strawberry Stores & Post Office in Ballingdon Street, and later opened the Strawberry Too in Manor Road.

The 74-year-old, who became fondly known as John ‘Strawberry’ Stewart because of the shops, still owned the stores with his wife Elizabeth, but retired and began renting them out three years ago.

Mr Stewart was heavily involved in town life, having been a Sudbury town councillor, governor of Tudor Primary School and involved with the town’s rugby, boxing and fishing clubs.

His son, also John Stewart, said: “He was often seen in various pubs over the years playing crib. He was a kind character, always happy to help others.”

Mr Stewart said his father simply wanted to help others and give back to his community.

His father had previously been an active sportsman, playing for Spalding Rugby Club and playing cricket for Lincolnshire.

The funeral will be on Wednesday at 2pm at St Andrew’s Church, Great Cornard.

The family have asked for no black clothing to be worn.

There is also a request for no flowers but attendees are requested to wear a flower button hole.

Instead of flowers, the family says donations would be welcomed to support the Macmillan Cancer Nurses.