TRIBUTES HAVE been paid to a former Mossley businessman who has died aged 94.
Popular Arthur Mattinson ran the family watch makers and jewellers shop on Arundel Street.
He took over from his father and founder, James Mattinson, and is believed to have been Mossley’s longest serving private business.
In fact the family were synonymous with Mossley as Arthur’s brother, Norman Mattinson, ran a long standing bakery business.
Father of two Arthur was born in Accrington, Lancashire in 1922 before the family moved to Miles Platting in Manchester and then to Mossley.
Son Howard said: “I’ve been overwhelmed by the good will messages and support. My Dad was loved and well respected in the community.
“So many people got to know him over the years and I don’t think the people of Mossley will ever forget him.”
Howard, who has lived in the town all his life, recalls one of the scarier moments of his dad’s life.
“I remember the shop was the subject of an armed robbery in the 1980’s. It was the biggest news in Mossley for years.
“There were armed police all over the place and snipers on the rooftops. Fortunately, the raid failed because the police got a tip off and the gang from Liverpool were arrested before anything happened.”
Arthur retired from his shop at the age of 72. He continued to live in the town but eventually moved into Sandon House care home in top Mossley and lived there until his recent death.
His funeral takes place on Tuesday, June 6 at Dukinfield Crematorium at 10.30am followed by the wake at the Conservative Club on Mountain Street.
Many tributes have been paid to Arthur after Howard posted details of his passing on social media.
Rick Westwood wrote: “Arundel Street wasn’t quite the same Arundel street after your mum and dad left and it certainly isn’t now. very sad news.”
Janette Cooper said: “Howard, he was a proud upstanding gent and I am so sorry to hear of his passing.”
Paul Howarth wrote: “One of the ambassadors of Mossley.”
Kath Lumb added: “I can remember being about 7 and your dad pierced my ears and your mum held my hands, and my hubby bought my engagement ring and wedding ring.”