Final farewell to Preston shopkeeper and avid motor sport enthusiast

Tributes: Michael Peel
Tributes: Michael Peel
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A shopkeeper who ran the last independent stationers in Preston has died at the age of 76.

Born in Preston in 1938, Michael Peel who lived in both Garstang and Forton was son and founder of A.Peel & Company which was established in 1939 by his father Albert.

At a time when typewriters were considered the peak of technology the company sold Remington, Olympia and other typewriters and in 1953 Michael joined his father in running the company from their offices in Canon Street.

In 1969 and under Michael’s new leadership the company moved to a bigger premises on Croft Street and for almost 40 years supplied a range of office equipment. However with the demise of the age of the typewriter the company switched focus to designing and supplying furniture for offices and was renamed Peel of Preston.

In 2008, after 55 years in the shop, Michael semi retired so that he could spend more time with the things that mattered most to him: his family and his cars.

As an avid motor sport enthusiast, a passion which developed in the 1960s when he raced Formula 3 and Formula Ford cars Michael spent his time rebuilding a Hawke single seater racing car and delighting his grandchildren by taking them out on the country roads in his hand-built Westfield.

Sadly on November 2 Michael passed away. He is survived by his wife and three children. To pay tributes to Michael a celebration of his life will be held on November 12 at St. Thomas’ Church in Garstang at 2.30pm. The family ask for family flowers only and for donations, if so desired be made in memory of Michael to Oncology Unit RLI c/o funeral director at L. Stewart, Dimond and Son.