Former Spalding cafe owner dies

John Stewart who was well known in Spalding as the owner of a guest house and the cafe in Ayscoughfee gardens. ANL-150807-140428001
John Stewart who was well known in Spalding as the owner of a guest house and the cafe in Ayscoughfee gardens. ANL-150807-140428001
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A former Spalding guest house proprietor who also owned the cafe in Ayscoughfee Gardens has died at the age of 74.

John Stewart moved to Sudbury 20 years ago, but according to his son, also named John, he had very fond memories of his years in the town.

Mr Stewart said: “My father was born in Leicester and moved to Spalding when he worked for the NFU at Springfields.

“He and my mum, Liz, ran a guest house in London Road.

“They also lived in Cley Hall Drive and mum helped him when he owned the cafe.

“Also he was an active member of the Lions, played for Spalding Rugby Club and bowled for Lincolnshire for many years.

“In fact he spent most of his years in Spalding and loved it – often returning to see friends.

“A lot of people will remember him.”

After moving to Sudbury he purchased a post office and general store.

He became fondly known as John “Strawberry” Stewart, having named his business Strawberry Stores & Post Office & Strawberry Too.

As well as being a businessman, for a number of years he was a Sudbury town councillor, governor of Tudor School, and played for Sudbury Rugby Club, Boxing Club and Fishing Club. He was also a keen crib player.

After a battle with cancer, he died peacefully on Sunday morning.

The funeral will take place at St Andrew’s Church, Great Cornard, on Wednesday, July 22.

Anyone wishing to attend is asked not to wear a flower buttonhole and no black. Donations to Macmillan nurses can be made by emailing Mr Stewart’s son at sudburyduties@tiscali.co.uk