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Paul White

- taken from the Warrington Guardian 22 August 2007

"WARRINGTON has lost a legend," is one of many tributes paid to Paul White, the owner of White's Sports in Warrington Market, who died last Thursday.

The 61-year-old was a popular character in the town, through his market shop and his involvement in loal clubs.

His son Adam said: "People have said that he was the kindest, loveliest man and that anyone who was lucky enough to have met him had been blessed."

Paul was once crowned the Warrington Guardian's Citizen of the week as The Bird Man of Appleton Thorn' for the work he carried out looking after sick and injured birds with his wife Susan.

Born in Grappenhall, Paul later moved to Appleton Thorn and became an active campaigner for the community.

He was the fundraising chairman of the Appleton Thorn Village Hall Appeal. He also nominated the village's thorn tree among the 50 greatest British trees.

He leaves wife Susan, sons Roger and Adam and grandchildren Harrison and Isabella.

"He was Warrington born and bred and the only thing people keep saying is that he is a legend. I have been in Australia and Finland and people have known him," added Adam.

Mr White was a keen musician and in the 60s his band, The Black Cats, performed alongside The Beatles and The Animals at The Cavern Club, where the band is immortalised on its wall of fame.

Spending a life time of holidays along the coast of North Wales, his other hobby and passion was fishing and he enjoyed spending time teaching people how to fish and traet the sea with respect, especially on his boat in North Wales. He even held the world record for the schelly, weighing in at 1lb 1oz.

The funneral took place next at St Thomas' Church in Stockton Heath, followed by a cremation at Walton Lea.

A wake was held at Appleton Thorn village hall where a special beer called The Bird Man of Appleton Thorn, created by Coach House Brewing Company, will be available in tribute to Paul.

The family have asked for well-wishers to make donations to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Added by: Adam White on 15 October 2007.

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