The building which houses the Kenilworth Lions Furniture Store has been renamed ‘John Price House’, in honour of the man who over the last 25 years had been the main driving force behind its success.
In a ceremony attended by his widow Kathleen, his daughters Caroline and Alison, his granddaughter Rebecca and many Lions and members of the public, Lion President Paddy Murphy unveiled the new name over the entrance.
He spoke of how the idea for the store grew out of the very popular bi-annual jumble sale, where the queues ‘stretched the imagination’. Its success took the Lions along the path of recycling and, in the late eighties, the ambitious idea to start a Furniture Store was conceived. After humble beginnings, the store was established in Farmer Ward Road in1990.
Whilst the Furniture Store relies on the support of all Lions members, it was one man, Lion John Price, who had the imagination and dedication to make it the great success it is today. John was a ‘hands on’ man and worked tirelessly to make the Store an important part of the community, not only raising funds approaching half a million pounds for local good causes, but also taking direct action in supplying furniture to those in need. John died in July, aged 78.
Kathleen said “I am very touched that so many have turned out to honour the memory of John. He would have been very proud.”
One of the regular customers Jo Bloom said “I’ve been coming to the Furniture Store for over eight years, and in that time got to know John very well. He was a great character, very kind, generous and fair. He built a very impressive operation here at the Store, and what he did for the local community was wonderful.”
The Chairman of the Furniture Store Lion Ted Curtis said “John made the Store what it is today. It is very fitting that it now carries his name, a memorial to a remarkable man, one we miss dearly.”