Shop closes after wife's death

PUBLISHED: 06:04 30 March 2006 | UPDATED: 09:03 24 May 2010

Lynn and Bob Holland.

Lynn and Bob Holland.

A DEVOTED husband has decided to close the shop he ran with his 'lovely and loving' wife for 35 years after her sudden death. Bob and Lynn Holland were a fixture in Weston for over three decades in Joseph Boswell Fishmongers in Alexandra Parade. But when

A DEVOTED husband has decided to close the shop he ran with his 'lovely and loving' wife for 35 years after her sudden death.Bob and Lynn Holland were a fixture in Weston for over three decades in Joseph Boswell Fishmongers in Alexandra Parade.But when emphysema sufferer Lynn, aged 61, died on March 18, devastated Bob realised he could not bear to carry on the business without her. The couple would have celebrated their 42nd wedding anniversary on Tuesday.The distraught 64-year-old fishmonger posted a notice in the window to all their customers telling them of his loss and saying 'with her death died the team spirit which runs this shop'.The shop, which was probably the only independent fishmongers left in Weston, was filled with family photos. Bob said their two sons, Mark and John, and daughter Susan were brought up there.Bob said: "She was a brilliant wife and mother as well as being a devoted daughter to Mildred."We had so many happy times and I am absolutely devastated. She was my best friend and such a lovely person. We had planned to retire at Christmas. We just wanted to grow old together and watch our four grandchildren grow up. Lynn doted on them. I cannot carry on the shop without her."Their son Mark, aged 39, of Addicott Road, Weston, said: "Mum was always there to listen to us in times of joy or trouble and I do not know what I will do without her. She was the best."Mrs Holland's funeral will be held at Weston Crematorium on Wednesday at 1pm.

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