Hundreds pay tribute to 'honest and decent' Weston trader
PUBLISHED: 08:00 11 May 2014
THE family of a Weston trader have paid tribute to an 'honest and decent man' who had no regrets, and collected more than £1,000 for charity in his memory.
Julian Cross, who owned Gifts 4 All in Oxford Street, lived and worked in the town for more than 25 years.
More than 250 people attended his funeral last week after Julian, aged 50, fell from a step ladder outside his shop on March 29.
Julian was admitted to Frenchay Hospital with severe head injuries but died 16 days after his brave battle.
His brother Simon called Julian a true friend and character of Weston and said he died while holding his hand.
He said: “We are told that Julian did not wake from the initial fall.
“Our family would like to acknowledge the fantastic care Julian received while at Frenchay Hospital, which specialises in treating people across the South West with head injuries.
“He will be missed by the local business community and all of his family and friends. The funeral was attended by more than 250 people who demonstrated that he was very much part of the community and sadly Weston has lost another true friend.
“He seemed to know everyone, he always had time to welcome visitors and friends to his shop and he was renowned for his endless stories and cheeky ways.
“Seeing so many people attend his funeral has made the family’s loss a little easier to come to terms with as we now know he was loved and looked after by so many people.
“He will be greatly missed by his mum who lives in Weston and his family and friends.”
A collection was also made in Julian’s memory for Headway – which specialises in helping people recover from brain injuries – and more than £1,000 has already been raised.
Grand Pier co-owner Michelle Michael, who knew him well as Julian also worked for her, read a poem at the funeral called The Ship by Bishop Brent.
She said: “My family has known Julian for nearly 20 years.
“I was asked by his family to read a poem at his service which I was honoured to do.
“All who knew Julian knew him to be an honest, hard working man who would help anyone and was passionate about Weston and all his friends and family.
“I was pleased to be able to do something for his family on their special day of remembering him.”