Veteran businessman and football lover dies

Veteran businessman and football lover dies

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Francis Batt

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Veteran businessman and football lover dies

 

Peter Emmons
A man whose family business supplied everything from fruit and vegetables to wine for decades to ordinary shoppers and top restaurants in and around Maidenhead has died aged 88.

Peter Emmons, who died on July 27 had been living at Southgate House in Bailey Close. He was also a keen supporter of football in the town responsible for running several youth teams.

His father and uncle, Sid and Frank, started Emmons greengrocers in Queen Street which supplied the town from the early days of the war until the late 1960s.

Peter brought new innovation to the business, which later moved to Water Oakley where it operated as a wholesalers supplying top restaurants in the area with fruit and vegetables.

His friendship with former mayor of Maidenhead Maurice Hayes who emigrated to Australia led Peter to diversify, setting up Windsor Cellars which imported Australian wine into the country.

Peter also played an important part in Maidenhead's football scene over a 30 year period in the 1960s to 1980s.

He helped set up Maidenhead Youth Football Club, running everything from under 11 to under 18 teams and becoming chairman of Maidenhead Town Football Club.

He was a widower who in his retirement enjoyed spending time with his children, stepchildren and grandchildren.

The funeral is at Slough crematorium on Thursday, August 15 at noon.

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