08:44AM, Tuesday 19 March 2013
A fond farewell was bid to a beloved member of a funeral directors after 10 years of service.
Norman Lovell was treated to a surprise retirement party with friends and former colleagues at F G Pymm & Son, in Moorbridge Road, on Thursday.
The 64-year-old came into the business after working as a senior supervisor at the Finecast Foundry.
The Bradford native said: "I thought it sounded like it was a bit different to what I was used to.
"I started as a chauffeur bearer and within six months I'd started conducting funerals.
"You just have to get on with the job and take it in your stride to be able to give a service for grieving families and treat them with the respect they deserve.
"I've got to know a lot of people and a lot of people have got to know me through the business."
Norman will be taking a well-deserved holiday with his wife of 25 years, Sharon, to kick-off his retirement, but he won't be resting too easily
He will be continuing his work as the Poppy Appeal organiser for the British Legion in Maidenhead.
He helped raise £21,000 in 2012 and was recognised with an award for his outstanding efforts.
He used to take two weeks of holiday every year to carry out the work for the appeal, but he is looking forward to extra time do more this year.
Heather Kidd, service arranger at F G Pymm & Son, said: "Norman has become popular and well loved by many Maidenhead families.
"He will be sadly missed."
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