Well-known Bury St Edmunds businessman Malcolm Green died last month while on holiday with his wife, Sandra.
The couple, who ran Rendell’s Wool Shop in Abbeygate Street from 1973 until they retired in 2012, were on a cruise when Malcolm collapsed suddenly and passed away shortly after.
His family say they have been touched by the outpouring of kindness and condolences at this ‘difficult’ time.
They described Malcolm as ‘a dedicated family man but also the life and soul of any party’ and said he ‘valued and maintained long-standing friendships, continuing to make new friends throughout his life with his enthusiasm and humour.’
His eldest daughter, Sarah, said: “We’re still in shock, but are fortunate to remember our husband and father as not only hard-working and dedicated, but also charismatic, charming and a true gentleman.
“He loved jazz and soul music, dancing and socialising and always dressed immaculately, paying great attention to detail. He was such a positive influence on us all and we all desperately miss him.”
Malcolm and Sandra opened their first shop, F A Rendell Ltd, selling knitting wool and babies clothes in Sudbury in 1962. By 1989 they had branched out into ladies clothing and ran eight shops in East Anglia, including stores in Thetford and Diss.
In 2009 they joined Bury’s bridge club and more recently the golf club in Onehouse.
Malcolm leaves behind a widow, four daughters, nine grandchildren and twin great-granddaughters.
His family have been unable to make funeral arrangements as they are still waiting for his body to be repatriated.