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Former Spalding butcher dies aged 100

Former Spalding butcher Maurice Scotney died aged 100 on New Year's Day.

Maurice celebrated his birthday on November 9 with family and friends at Gosberton House Care Home.

He was surrounded on that big day by memorabilia from his long life ... and some of those treasured items will accompany him on his final journey.

Maurice Scotney donned his butcher's boater when he celebrated his 100th birthday on November 9.
Maurice Scotney donned his butcher's boater when he celebrated his 100th birthday on November 9.

Daughter Sue Slator said: "His (butcher's hat) is going on top of his coffin and his apron and his cards because he used to like playing whist and patience."

Maurice will be remembered fondly by Sue, her sister Beryl Mason and wider family, including seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

Speaking at Maurice's 100th birthday celebration, Beryl told us: “He was fantastic as a father and very hard working.”

On Tuesday, Sue said: "He had a mind of his own but he was a very good father, a very good father, and he worked hard in his early life."

Maurice was born above the saddlers shop run by his father, Jesse, in Swineshead, two days before the Armistice was signed to end World War 1.

He was the youngest of Jesse and Ada Scotney’s four children.

A butcher’s shop stood over the road from the family home and as a young boy Maurice decided he wanted to be a butcher.

Maurice was educated at Donington Grammar School, which became Thomas Cowley High School.

He married childhood sweetheart Bessie King in 1938, and the couple moved to Spalding where they spent the next 48 years.

In Spalding Maurice worked as a butcher for Billy Smithson and then started on his own when he took over the business while Bessie ran the adjoining sweet shop, known as King’s.

The shops stood on Winfrey Avenue - where the M&S Simply Food store now stands.

Speaking at his 100th birthday party, Maurice said: “I had a marvellous time. I was busy.”

As well as the shops, Maurice had a slaughterhouse and a bake house on site.

Following their retirement, Maurice and Bessie returned to Swineshead.

When the couple celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary, Maurice said: “We’ve worked together over the years and you have got to. It’s not always easy but you have got to give and take.”

Sadly Bessie passed away in 2005.

Maurice stayed in his home in Swineshead until five months before he turned 100, when he moved to Gosberton House Care Home.

He had a long standing passion for restoring grandfather clocks and furniture, and also loved cars, including his treasured Austin Seven.

As a young man, Maurice changed cars every six to nine months, doing up the old one before upgrading to something better, including Bentleys and Rolls Royces.

Maurice's funeral service takes place at 2pm on Tuesday, January 15 at South Lincolnshire Crematorium in Surfleet.

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