A FUNERAL will take place at Selby Abbey tomorrow at Selby Abbey for well-known Selby businessman Syd Whisker, who died aged at the age of 88.

Born at the family home, 67 Brook Street in Selby, he was one of five brothers who traded as a greengrocer and fruiterer at their shop in Gowthorpe for decades.

He was educated at Drax Grammar School, later serving in the Royal Air Force during his national service.

In taking on the greengrocery business, he organised the buying of all produce for the shop, but also supplied it to other businesses in the area, including smaller local fruit and veg shops.

His shop, Whiskers, closed several years ago and has remained empty in Gowthorpe since then, however in recent months some redevelopment has taken place.

Joan, his wife of 62 years, said being very much a family man, her husband was always happiest when surrounded by his family.

She said: “He loved his family, especially his grandchildren and always enjoyed having them around him.”

A popular sportsman, he played bowls for the Selby Park team in the local league and was captain, who led them to several league championships.

A former president of the Selby Bowling Association, Charles Beecher, said: “I hold many happy memories of playing against Syd, when the park were the all-conquering team in the league.

“Syd was always a strong competitor on the green, very keen but fair. Our friendship both on and off the green is something I will not forget, and Selby bowlers are saddened by his passing.”

Mr Whisker died at hospital following a short illness, and is survived by his wife Joan, daughter Lynda, son Pip, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, and two sisters Doreen and Margaret.

The funeral will be held at Selby Abbey on Tuesday, March 8, at 9am, all are welcome. The service will be followed by a private cremation.