A BUTCHER who remained a popular figure in a South Derbyshire village for more than half a century has died at the age of 96 – having never stopped doing the job he loved.
Cyril Staley was still involved in the running of his business in Overseal right to the end.
He ran CH Staley Butchers, in Woodville Road, for 63 years and had another business in Linton.
Though he took more of a back seat in recent years, his daughter Janine Pearce said the prospect of retirement never crossed his mind.
She said: "He loved his job, he didn't want to retire, he just wanted to carry on. It was his life. He was still in charge right until the end.
"A lot of customers knew him for a long time, he was very well known."
Mr Staley died peacefully in hospital and Mrs Pearce said it was his good health which allowed him to keep going for so long.
A strong work ethic clearly runs in the family, with wife of 65 years June, who is 90, taking over the running of the businesses for the time being.
Mrs Pearce said: "He loved his meat, that's probably why he looked so well. People couldn't believe he was in his 90s, he was always on the floor for a dance."
Mr Staley's funeral is due to be held at Bretby Crematorium next Wednesday.