Tributes to popular chemist and former South Ribble Mayor

Sheila and Jerry Jenkinson at their 60th wedding anniversary
Sheila and Jerry Jenkinson at their 60th wedding anniversary
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Tributes have been paid to a well-known pharmacist and former councillor who has died aged 81.

Jerry Jenkinson qualified as a pharmacist aged 20 and joined Boots in Fishergate, Preston, before deciding to branch out on his own.

He set up his first chemist’s in Pope Lane, Penwortham, in the early 1960s before also opening a business at St Mary’s Health Centre, Penwortham, and in nearby Liverpool Road.

Daughter Sandra Gibson said: “He knew so many people. We couldn’t go and visit anyone in hospital without bumping into his customers.”

While working at Boots Jerry met future wife Sheila, a shop assistant. They married in 1955 at All Saint’s Church in Higher Walton and last month celebrated their Diamond wedding anniversary.

Sandra said: “He had been ill for a while and that was what he was aiming for.”

For 30 years the couple, who lived in Penwortham and later in Hutton, were school governors and later both served as Conservative councillors.

In 1975 Jerry was elected to represent the Kingsfold ward on South Ribble Council and was also a County Councillor. In 1986, Sheila was elected as a borough councillor for Hutton. From May 1985 to May 1986, they were Mayor and Mayoress of South Ribble.

In 1991 both stood down from the borough council, and a year later Jerry stood down from the County Council due to ill health.

Eighteen years ago he underwent a liver transplant and was one of the longest-surviving recipients.

Sandra said: “He had lots of health problems but always remained cheerful and was very determined. He was direct when he needed to be, but never derogatory. He was well-liked and an honest person.”

Jerry died on February 21, leaving wife Sheila, five daughters, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Sandra added: “All of us were well-loved and had great support. He was a great role model.”

A funeral service will be held at 12.30pm on Monday at St Andrew’s Church, Longton.