Numerous people have gathered at a Horsham church today (Wednesday October 2) to mourn the loss of Mick Geaves - the popular owner of M&J newsagents in East Street who recently lost a short battle with cancer aged 64.
Family, friends and loved ones met at St John the Evangelist Church in Springfield Road at 12 noon.
Mick leaves behind wife Jane, three daughters - Karen, 35, Tracey, 33, and Laura, 31 - and grandson Corey.
Last week the County Times published a tribute to Mick.
Jane, 63, said he was known as a ‘funny old codger’.
“Everyone called us Punch and Judy because we used to bounce off each other,” she said.
“He was very special, there was always something crazy about him.”
Jane described him as a ‘caring man’, an occasional ‘romantic’, a ‘lovely dad’.
The pair got married in 1972 and moved to Kent for Mick’s job at a firm called Visionhire.
He left the company so the couple could pursue their dream of owning a newsagents.
It took them years to find the Horsham store, but M&J News was opened in 1990.
Today their 18 paper boys deliver around 600 newspapers across 24 rounds in Horsham.
Reputation has grown so strong to the point where the shop welcomes anywhere between 700 and 1,000 customers every day.
When Mick was not at work, he could often be found at Ye Olde Stout House in Horsham town centre.
Landlord Barry McGahan, 64, said: “There wasn’t a bad bone in his body.
“He was a Spurs fanatic, had a great sense of humour and was and all round top bloke. I haven’t anyone say anything bad about him.”
The County Times was invited to cover the funeral.