Tributes flood in after beloved Tommyfield Market trader Beryl dies

Date published: 13 July 2022

Tributes have poured in following the death of popular Tommyfield Market trader of 60 years, Beryl Jackson.

Beryl, who was 79, worked at the 80-plus-year-old family shoe repair and trophy and engraving business for an incredible six decades.

Beryl's passing was announced on social media, and was followed by numerous heartfelt tributes.

The post on the Jackson's Facebook page read: "With a heavy heart we announce the sad passing of Beryl Jackson - a beloved wife, mother and grandmother.

"Beryl touched many people's lives - a lot of them through the running of the family business in the Tommyfield Market for 60 years.

"Through Beryl's 60 years of running a business, she was part of the committee and passionate about Oldham Market.

"Beryl was a strong supporter of the market and supported the committee with organising events and contributing ideas for inside the market.

"The market was almost like a second family and home to Beryl and held a special place in her heart."

Oldham Council added its own tribute.

A post on the 'I love Oldham' page read: "We’re sorry to hear about the recent passing of Beryl Jackson of Jackson's.

"Beryl worked on Tommyfield Market for over 60 years, having first started at her parents' chip shop where she then met her future husband.

"She touched the lives of many and will be sorely missed by us all.

"Our thoughts are with her family at this time."

Many fellow Oldhamers and fellow business owners added their sympathies.

Janette Cook posted: "So very sorry to hear the sad loss of Beryl.

"I had the pleasure of getting to know her when I worked at the hairdressers round the corner - a truly lovely lady.

"Sincere condolences to all the family, my thoughts are with you all at this sad time. RIP Beryl."

Sherry Whitworth posted: "RIP Beryl. With fond memories, Peter and Sherry, Whitworths Ironmongers."

Joan Southworth added: "So sorry to hear this.

"We’ll never forget all the laughs we had whilst line dancing. Beryl was truly an amazing lady.

"Our thoughts are with you all."

The sad news of Beryl's passing followed just days after the death of another popular Tommyfield Mark stall holder, Abdulhamid Ajmid, who died at his stall, Stationery Corner, last Friday (July 8).

Flowers were laid in front of the shop, with messages of condolences.

One of the messages on the flowers described Abdulhamid as "a much-loved trader - a true gentleman with a smile for everyone".

Another read: "Rest in peace Abdulhamid. You will be missed."

Mr Ajmid ran the stationery stall for 40 years.

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