John Toomer, owner of Toomer's pet store in Cirencester, dies
THE owner of one of Cirencester’s most loved establishments has died following a short battle against bone cancer.
John Toomer, who owned Toomer’s pet shop on Dyer Street in Cirencester, died on Sunday, August 18 aged 79.
The father-of-two was well known throughout Cirencester due to the popularity of the pet shop, which has been a permanent fixture on the high street for several years.
His son, Paul Toomer, told the Standard: “We’ve had a shop there for a number of years. My father always saw Cirencester as a very good place to have a shop.
“He liked Cirencester. It’s a busy place and it really encapsulates the character of an old market town.”
The Toomer family business was founded in Swindon in 1850 with John joining it over a hundred years later in 1954.
It started off as a coal merchant’s but moved into garden and pet supplies in the 1930s as the popularity of coal dwindled.
The Toomer empire grew opening a garden centre in Swindon and the pet shop in Cirencester.
Paul said: “It’s very sad for us. He was hard-working, he was a fantastic father and I was very proud of all he achieved.”
A thanksgiving service in John’s memory will be held at Christ Church in Swindon on Friday, September 13.
The family ask that donations be made to Macmillan Cancer Support and Swindon’s Prospect Hospice.
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