Tributes paid to true gent John, 82

LOVING DAD: Sudbury barber John Askew.
LOVING DAD: Sudbury barber John Askew.

One of Sudbury’s best-known businessmen, who ran a family hairdressers for nearly 30 years, has died.

John Askew, who set up barber shop Askew’s after arriving in the town in 1978, died on February 22. He was 82 years old.

Mr Askew had recently been living in Alicante, Spain, after retiring.

His daughter, Linda Askew, took over the business, which is now known as 4 Seasons @ Askew and is based in North Street. She said he had suffered a heart attack last year and other illnesses in later life.

“Dad was the head of our family and a good, strong provider,” she said.

“He acted the way others would expect of him, being the gentleman and professional that he was.”

Mr Askew started working in his father’s barber shop at the age of 12 and opened his own salon in Chelmsford seven years later. When called up for national service in 1949, he was made camp barber.

He was married to Eve and the couple had four children, Steve, Dave, James and Linda. Both Linda and Steve followed him into the family business.

“For dad, it was not the business that he thrived on, it was the ability to be creative,” said Linda.

“He also really enjoyed the rapport he built up with his customers and still spoke fondly of them.”

She added that her father had a love for woodwork and often completed renovation work on the shop himself.

“As I look round our salon, dad is everywhere, which I get comfort from,” added Linda.