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• Farewell to Francis Burtenshaw, Teddington’s popular fishmonger

• Farewell to Francis Burtenshaw, Teddington’s popular fishmonger

Friends and former customers of Francis Burtenshaw, who for many years ran the family fishmonger in Teddington High Street, stood in tribute today (Tuesday June 2nd) as his funeral cortege passed the premises he occupied for near on half a century.

Mr Burtenshaw died recently at the age of 95. Born in the flat above the shop, he joined the family business after serving in the Intelligence Corps during the Second World War. He remained in the fish and seafood trade for the next 50 years, and people would come from miles around to buy his legendary home-cured haddock, which was smoked on the premises.

Francis met his future wife Pamela in 1947 and they married in 1949. They had two children, Sandra and Andrew, and remained married for 50 years until Pamela’s death in 2000.

Francis was a popular man in Teddington and well liked by his customers. “The family were very proud of him,” recalled his daughter, Sandra Farley. “In his shop there was always a collection box for the British Legion and after many years of collecting and selling poppies, he was presented with a certificate of appreciation. He was very proud of that.”

He lived in Udney Park Road until he was 92, then spent his remaining three years in a care home in Hampton.

The funeral for Francis Burtenshaw was conducted by the Rev Joe Moffatt, Vicar of Teddington, at South West Middlesex Crematorium at 2pm. The cortege processed up Teddington High Street half an hour beforehand, so that those who knew him could pay their respects.

Francis Burtenshaw – 1924-2020

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