Tributes to well known and respected Haverhill garage owner
Tributes have been paid to a well known and respected Haverhill garage owner, who has died aged 90.
Hailed as a ‘real gentleman’, Terry Withers ran his garage for more than 30 years - first in High Street and then Duddery Hill.
He passed away on Wednesday, July 6.
His brother Bob said: “I’m sure that there are hundreds of people who will say, I bought a car from Terry Withers, he was a real gentleman.”
Mr Withers was born in Hamlet Road, Haverhill in 1926.
His family moved to 32 High Street where his father opened a bicycle shop and later a car hire business.
He was part of a family of seven and, after several jobs while still at school, worked at Cleales Garage, in High Street, where he eventually became workshop foreman.
In 1951, he started Withers Garage, in High Street, and also ran the car hire business started by his father.
The garage was the subject of a compulsory purchase order in 1966 so he purchased a site, in Duddery Hill, to build a new garage.
Mr Withers remained in business there until his retirement in the mid 1980s.
He leaves his wife Pam, three daughters and their families as well as his brother Bob and the numerous friends he made in and around the town.