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Popular York fishmonger Robin Broadhead has died aged 72
A FISHMONGER who plied his trade at York market for more than half a century has died aged 72.
Robin Broadhead, of Leeman Road, ran a stall on the market for more than 50 years after working there part-time from the age of 13.
He was born in York, the second eldest of five children, and went to Canon Lee School in Clifton before buying his first fish stall in 1962 and only spent one period away from the market, when he took a year-long break to work as an apprentice moulder at Dove’s Foundry in the city.
On his retirement two years ago he said: “I did a year, but working indoors just wasn’t for me so I returned to the market, where I have been ever since.
“I’m disappointed in one respect to leave the market, because I’ll miss all the friends and customers I’ve met over the years. But I’m looking forward to an easier life.”
His daughter, Sharon, 44, who lived next door to him for 15 years, said her dad contracted lung cancer which led to his death.
She said: “He was a real character. He wasn’t only my dad, he was my best friend. He would make a joke out of even the worst situation to lighten the mood and kept his sense of humour right to the end. I just loved him.
Mr Broadhead was separated from his wife many years ago, had three children, Gavin, 48, Tony, 47, and Sharon as well as two grandaughters, Amy and Emily.
Sharon said: “In his spare time my dad loved flying planes, which he did until quite recently, and he also loved fishing.”
For the funeral yesterday the family arranged a horse-drawn hearse to pull the coffin to the funeral at York Crematorium.
All donations went to the MacMillan Nurses.
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