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Tributes paid to popular Lowestoft businessman

PUBLISHED: 11:00 25 June 2016

Peter Day spent the majority of his life in Lowestoft.

Peter Day spent the majority of his life in Lowestoft.

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Tributes have been paid to a "well-loved man" who was best-known for his involvement with the successful Day's Garage in Lowestoft.

Peter Day taking part in the Hunter Trials in the late 1970's.Peter Day taking part in the Hunter Trials in the late 1970's.

Peter Austin Day died at home in Pakefield after an illness on Saturday, June 4 – he was 83.

Peter Day was born and raised in London Road South – and remained in the town for most of his life.

He will be known to many as the service and parts director of Day’s Garage, alongside his brothers, and proprietor of Day’s Gift Shop in Oulton Broad.

Peter Day also enjoyed sailing – first taking to the water at the age of seven.

He was a member of the Lowestoft Cruising Club and also at the Royal Norfolk & Suffolk Yacht Club for 45 years.

He gave others the opportunity to enjoy sailing in his later years volunteering with Waveney Sailability.

Along with being involved with the Rotary Club and the Masonic Lodge St Margaret’s, Peter Day was also a keen cyclist – completing many rides to raise money for charity.

His talents didn’t stop there, as he was also heavily involved in equestrian – riding in the Hunter Trials in the late 1970s.

Peter Day also became a pilot at the age of 60 – regularly flying the Cessna aircraft as part of his involvement with Seething Airfield Flying Club.

But it was his two businesses that he was best-known for in the town.

Peter Day was the main service director at Day’s Garage – which was founded by his father Charlie Day in 1923.

He also employed a number of members of staff at his gift shop – which he owned with his wife Ann for 26 years until retirement in 1998.

Peter Day leaves his wife of 21 years Ann, his children Julie, Paul and Angie, step-children Emma and Elly, along with 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

“He was just amazing – he just loved life and wanted to try everything,” said Mrs Day.

“He was a well-loved man in Lowestoft – you couldn’t walk down the High Street without someone coming up and saying ‘Hi Peter’.”

The funeral service will take place at 3pm on Monday, June 27 at Pakefield Church.

A family service at 4pm at the crematorium before a wake is held at the Royal Norfolk & Suffolk Yacht Club.

Any donations can be made to Peter’s chosen charities SOLD, which provides a workshop for the physical and sensory disabled or EACH – East Anglia’s Childrens Hospice.

What are your memories of Peter Day in Lowestoft? Email joe.randlesome@archant.co.uk

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