Shock at sudden death of popular Holbeach businessman

Bryan Thompson.
Bryan Thompson.
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Family and friends are still recovering from the sudden death of well-known Holbeach businessman Bryan Thompson.

Bryan (64), who lived in Holbeach with his wife Lynda, died in the early hours of last Tuesday morning after suffering a massive heart attack.

Bryan Thompson ran the Holbeach-based window business.

Bryan Thompson ran the Holbeach-based window business.

His son Ashley, managing director of Bryan Thompson Windows Ltd, the business Bryan founded about 28 years ago, said: “He hadn’t been himself for a while but we didn’t expect anything like this. He’s had heart trouble in the past, but it was nothing to make us think this was going to happen.”

The business, which became a limited operation in 2006, has become well-known in the district and Bryan a popular man. Ashley said: “We are absolutely flooded out with cards. It is amazing the people who have offered support. I’d like to thank everyone who offered their support, customers, family and friends as well. He was incredibly popular and a lot of people are going to miss him.”

Bryan made windows all his life, working as a carpenter before forming his own company.

One of Bryan’s early interests was Holbeach United Football Club, where he formerly served on the committee.

However, Bryan’s major passion was for classic cars and bikes, including powered bikes. Ashley says one looks just like an old bone shaker with a motor strapped to its wheel. He added: “He was always playing in his garage with something, just tinkering with cars and bikes. I think a new one arrived every week.”

Bryan also leaves another son, Christian, who is also in the business, and sons Gareth and Jack.

The funeral service is due to take place on Tuesday at Holbeach Parish Church (11am). Donations are being accepted for Linkage Community Trust (for adults and young people with learning difficulties).