Former shop owner was ‘thoughtful and generous’

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The family of a well-known former owner of a Sudbury newsagent’s has paid tribute to him following his death.

Eric Taylor, who died on Saturday aged 68 after a long battle with illness, ran Ballingdon Stores in Ballingdon Street with his wife Gill for a decade until 2000 when they closed the business.

The couple continued to run newspaper deliveries throughout the Sudbury area for a further two years and Mr Taylor also worked as a painter and decorator for two years and spent 18 months at Waitrose in Sudbury before his retirement.

Mrs Taylor, who lives in one of the houses the former shop was turned into, said: “Eric was hard-working, thoughtful and generous, and he was articulate and intelligent.

“He was always very affable and friendly with customers and we used to have a laugh with everybody. We had hundreds of regular customers, maybe thousands.”

He had a passion for gardening as well as books – developed during his earlier 30-year career working in book sales for W H Smith – and moved to Sudbury 23 years ago.

“He loved Sudbury and was very happy here – we both fell in love with the town and the people,” said Mrs Taylor.

Mr Taylor leaves two sons, Simon, 40, and Stephen, 43, and six grandchildren aged between 11 and one.

Mrs Taylor described her husband as a “loving grandparent” who was unable to make the most of his retirement due to his long period of ill health.

His funeral will be held at All Saints’ Church in Church Street, Sudbury, on Tuesday, October 8, at 10.30am.