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Jack Payne - obituary 1969

Loughborough Monitor - 17th January 1969

Cobbler began his working life at 10 as birdscarer.

The death occurred last week of one of Quorn's well known residents, Mr John William Payne, of 4, Station Road. For 74 years, Mr Payne, who was 88, had been a shoe repairer in the village.

He began cobbling at the age of 14 with his half-brother, Mr Terry Carr, and set up his own business after the first world war. His original workshop was in a shed in Nursery Lane but he later moved to his Station Road premises where he had been for 40 years.

He was educated in Quorn and had his first job, birdscaring at the age of 10.

In the earlier days of his business he made shoes for the local gentry but most of his work had always been concerned with the repair of shoes. He never retired and was still doing odd cobbling jobs until just before Christmas. He was never happy unless he was working and had been concerned recently because he had insufficient work. An example of his hard work can be seen in his rasp which is almost worn through where he held it in his hand for so many years. Many local people will remember Mr Payne for his kindness. They will remember also how, as children, they enjoyed going to his shop knowing that he would always give them a sweet.

He had enjoyed good health until the last couple of years but was still able to enjoy his weekly trip to the Conservative Club on a Saturday evening for a drink and a game of cards, until a few weeks ago. He was taken ill just before Christmas and died a few days after being admitted to hospital.

Mr Payne leaves two daughters, Mrs Annie Jollands and Mrs Prim. Wolston, two grandchildren and a great grand-daughter. Mrs Jollands and her husband lived with Mr Payne who had been a widower since his second wife died in 1943.

The funeral service, last Friday in Quorn Parish Church, was conducted by the Rev R N Everett, and followed by cremation at Loughborough Crematorium.

 Submitted on: 2010-12-15
 Submitted by: Kathryn Paterson
 Artefact ID: 1043
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