Tributes paid to Spalding trader of trust Peter

TRUE DADDY: Peter Buffham with daughter Julie Grant.
TRUE DADDY: Peter Buffham with daughter Julie Grant.
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A Spalding trader whose reputation for reliability and trust lasted for more than 40 years has died, aged 76.

Peter Buffham, who was known to two generations of customers as a familiar face behind the counter of Butters workwear and outoor clothing shop in New Road, passed away last Thursday after a short illness.

Dad was well-known in Spalding through his business and for his love of a game of darts

Julie Grant, daughter of Peter Buffham

Mr Buffham began working at Butters, popularly known as The Old Pawn Shop, in 1958 and went on to take the business over in 1979, alongside his wife of 52 years, June, who died in April 2012, aged 71.

Julie Grant, one of three children who Mr Buffham leaves, said: “Dad was well-known in Spalding through his business and for his love of a game of darts.

“He was one of the ‘old school’ traders in Spalding who was respected by those who knew him.

“Dad worked at Butters in New Road, Spalding, from around 1958 until he and Mum took the business over in 1979.

“I joined in 1990 after Mum was unable to work due to illness and then Dad retired from the business in 2005, spending his retirement looking after Mum until her death in April 2012.

“The way Dad looked after my Mum in the years before her death, many would have walked away from.

“But he stood by the vows he had made in 1960 when they got married and they were a true couple.”

The shop was known by locals as ‘The Pawn Shop’ as it had been one for many years.

“Dad had a style of his own, very often referred to as ‘Arkwright’ (based on the character from the BBC TV comedy series Open All Hours) for his traditional ways of trading and his life values.

“For me, as his daughter, he was a ‘rock’ who was there for us all - through good times and bad.

“I will miss him as my Daddy, confidant and friend.”

As well as his children, Peter Buffham, also leaves eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a wide circle of friends made both through his business and darts.

Roger Thirkell (60), of Woolram Wygate, Spalding, and a friend of Mr Buffham’s for about ten years, said: “Peter was a very good, trustworthy friend who you could have a laugh with.

“But he was a trusted trader as well, his advice was truthful and honest, you could believe what he told you and you’d never take anything he said with a pinch of salt.

“I’d certainly trust him as a friend and it was quite upsetting when I found out that he’d died.”

Mr Buffham’s funeral takes place at South Lincolnshire Crematorium, Sufleet, on Monday, November 21, at 11am.

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