paid to Burnham-On-Sea
Chamber of Trade President
have this week been paid to the President of Burnham-On-Sea Chamber
of Trade, who has sadly passed away.
Germain, pictured, died over Christmas following a two-year battle
with lung cancer.
92, was a well-known face about Burnham, having run the town's
Castle Antiques shop for many years, where he bravely fought off
armed robbers no fewer than three times.
in Cardiff in 1919, he began his working life at the steelworks
before a stretch of war service in the RAF as a Sergeant.
1955 and 1959 he was a prison warder in Cyprus, but was forced
to return home during the Greek/Turkish troubles. He drove home
across Europe and started an antiques business in the UK.
Antiques was established in Chepstow in 1964, where he opened
a shop opposite the castle. Later, a further shop was opened in
Cheltenham and he moved to Burnham-On-Sea in 1986 to launch his
lived in Steart Drive, Burnham until the death of his wife Irene
in 2002. He spent the last years of his life living at the Clarence
Hotel with his daughter on Burnham seafront.
many years, he was treasurer of the Somerset and Dorset RAF Regiment
Association, and he was also active within Burnham Chamber of
Trade as its honorary President.
passed away peacefully on December 21st and always said he would
never have changed anything about his life. He had five children
and many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.
was diagnosed with Lung Cancer in 2009 and friends say he never
complained of pain, only aches.
funeral will be held at Weston Crematorium on 4th January at 2.30pm.
Flowers or donations will go towards Weston Hospice. The wake
will be held at the Royal Clarence afterwards. The family says
anyone who knew him is welcome.
Chamber of Trade Chairman Rhonda Mills told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Gerry was a very special person who showed such enthusiasm
for the town and the Chamber of Trade. He is greatly missed."