LEGENDARY Stalybridge butcher Trevor Cartwright has died at the age of 76.
Trevor, renowned for his speciality savoury duck, was a butcher on Melbourne Street for 50 years.
And it was a measure of Trevor’s popularity that more than 300 messages of sympathy and tributes were placed on one of Stalybridge’s social media forums.
Trevor died in the Stamford Unit at Tameside General Hospital following an 18-month battle against cancer.
It was Trevor’s father Albert who began the butchery business on Melbourne Street.
Trevor, who attended St George’s, Cocker Hill and West Hill schools, was aged 15 when he joined the family business alongside elder brother Eric who added the shop was famous.
“Customers would come from far and wide with queues forming on the days when Trevor did his savoury ducks,” he said.
Eric, who became a butcher in 1953, added: “There was still rationing in the 1950s and queues for food and often police were called to move people who were blocking the pavement.
“We also provided hot, cooked meat for workers to pick up when they left the mills so you could say we were providing takeaways before the Chinese and were pioneers of takeaway meals.”
The business closed when Trevor retired aged 65, but he never let go of the shop which he owned and which still remains empty.
Trevor was a talented footballer, a defender with Brushes Rangers and might have gone far but for picking up a serious injury.
“Trevor lived for his football, the only thing he talked about. He was a Manchester City fan and wouldn’t have a bad word said about them,” Eric continued.
Eric added Trevor had never held a passport or travelled abroad until his retirement, when he visited America, Thailand, went on a trans-Atlantic cruise and had a number of holidays to Spain.
Trevor, who lived on Darnton Road, never married or had any children. He leaves his brother Eric and sister Joyce.
His funeral is on Tuesday, October 23 at Dukinfield Crematorium at 2pm followed by interment at Dukinfield Cemetery at 2.30pm.