Shock as popular greengrocer dies

Tributes: James Campbell at his fruit and veg shop
Tributes: James Campbell at his fruit and veg shop
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A popular greengrocer has died at the age of 39 leaving his family friends and customers shocked and saddened.

James Campbell, of Ashton, Preston, who ran Campbell’s fruit and veg shop at Lane Ends, Ashton, for more than 10 years, died of organ failure in the intensive care unit at Royal Preston Hospital on Wednesday December 5.

His death has sent shockwaves spiralling through the community at Lane Ends where James was a popular and much loved character.

Caroline Wilson, who runs nearby Wilson Quality Butchers with husband Phillip, said: “James was a fantastic person who would do anything for anyone and he was so happy and larger than life.

“We all loved him and his customers adored him as he was a real character.”

Debbie Fowler, who works at Scrumptious sandwich bar at Lane Ends, says she had known James for 10 years and that he will be a huge loss to the Lane Ends community.

She said: “James was a lovely fellow and he got on with everyone and was so well loved down Lane Ends.

“We had a right laugh with him and it will not be the same without him here.”

James, who was originally from Plymouth, left home when he was in his 20s and moved around before settling on Preston as his home.

He leaves behind his parents Jim and Vera and two brothers and a sister.

His dad Jim, 69, revealed that he and wife Vera are devastated as James will be the second son they are burying as they also lost son Jason at the age of seven to leukaemia.

Jim said: “We feel heartbroken. We never thought we would be burying another son.

“James and Jason were only a year apart and I think Jason’s death played on James’ mind as when he was in hospital, he kept talking about Jason and mentioning his name all the time.

“James was a very nice boy and he would call us up and speak to his mum almost every day.”

James’ funeral will be held on Christmas Eve in Plymouth.

His friends from businesses along Lane Ends are planning to hold a tribute in Preston in memory of James on the same day.