Well known former Louth car dealership owner, Mike Brown, has sadly died aged 80.
Mike, who owned the Brown’s Rover dealership in Newmarket and Brown’s Peugeot in Newbridge Hill, has been described as a ‘real gentleman’.
After being born and raised in Ludford, Mike moved to Louth aged 10 and after he’d finished school he began his apprenticeship in the motor trade with Bill Vinter.
He began two years of national service in 1955 and when he had finished, he began selling cars from Spout Yard.
According to his wife Jean, who he married in 1957, selling cars was ‘all Mike wanted to do’.
“Cars were his life,” she said.
As his reputation progressed so did Mike’s business, and he moved on to James Street and then opened his dealership in Newmarket, which he proudly ran until his retirement.
Mike and Jean moved into their Kenwick Road home in 1971 and had two children, Janice and the late Marcus, and they were proud to have five grandchildren, Katie, Charlie, Alex, Robert and Michael.
Mike carried on working well into his 70s, earning a reputation for being honest and fair in his sales.
His wife Jean explained that customers would go back ‘again and again’.
After his retirement, Mike sadly suffered a lot of ill health, but this didn’t stop him doing everything he wanted to do.
A great passion of Mike’s throughout his life was cricket, and although he didn’t play the sport, he was a keen viewers and would watch games both at London Road and around the country including Scarborough for the cricket festival.
Mike’s other sporting love was snooker, which he would play regularly with his friends.
His daughter Janice added: “My dad was a real gentleman, very courteous and sociable, but very hard working.
“Though he was not so mobile in recent years he persevered and still managed to get out for a pint at the White Horse.”
Mike sadly died January 9 and his funeral is due to be held at St James’s Church in Louth on Tuesday.
Donations in Mike’s memory to the Louth MacMillan Fundraising Group are welcome, and they can be sent to Lincolnshire Co-operative Funeral Services, 134 Eastgate, Louth, LN11 9AA.