Arthur Hughes

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  • Arthur Christened Alfred but known by everyone as Arthur, was born on 28th February 1924 in Guildford Surrey. His father was a baker, owning his own business. Arthur's brother went into the family business but Arthur left school at 14 to become an apprentice in a local department store. He was called up in 1942 becoming an ambulance driver with the RAF for 5 years before returning to the Guildford store. In the early 1950's Arthur joined the John Lewis Partnership working initially at the Reading store for 7 years and then the Oxford Street Branch for a further 6 years becoming a department manager and then merchandise manager. He married Olive Crow and they had one daughter, Amanda, in July 1960. They lived in Redhatch drive in Reading, owning the house from new. In the 1970s Arthur moved back to the Reading store overseeing the complete modernisation of the shop in a project that lasted several years during which time Arthur was the Merchandise Manager at the store. During this time Arthur's marriage broke down and he moved to Bracknell with a work colleague, Marjory, who he later married. When Arthur and Marjory retired they moved to Queensberry Beeches in Thornhill Scotland where they lived for 29 years until Arthur's death, again owning the house from new.

    Arthur was a keen gardener with a great passion for garden birds and roses. He was known for his meticulous attention to detail always being neat and well presented and keeping everything clean, tidy and in order. He had a reputation for being just the same at work and his colleagues and employers put his success down to his obsessive eye for detail and high standards. He often commented proudly of his unblemished driving record with no accidents, points on his license or even a parking ticket.

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