Tributes to Kettering and Thrapston businessman

Mervyn Payne
Mervyn Payne

The funeral of a well-known Kettering and Thrapston chiropodist and businessman has taken place.

Mervyn Payne was 89-years-old when he passed away at the Old Vicarage in Weekley on December 16.

Mervyn Payne

Mervyn Payne

His funeral was held at Kettering Crematorium on Monday, December 29.

Mervyn’s wife Margaret paid tribute to her husband.

She said: “Mervyn was a well-known and much-respected businessman in the Kettering area and was the last surviving member of Percy Payne and Sons, Chiropodists.

“It was a thriving business, for the best part of a century, with surgeries in Thrapston and Kettering.”

Mr Payne was actively involved in his family business for 50 years and had a long association with Thrapston.

He was also active with the Thrapston and Raunds Rotary Club, where he served for many years as both a local and district officer.

Mrs Payne added: “Mervyn loved his garden which was, throughout the seasons, a picture to be seen in his home village of Brigstock.

“Another of his loves in his spare time was boating on the River Nene.

“He was, indeed, a founder member of Oundle Cruising Club and was still a patron of that club until recently.

“In fact, he and a group of boating friends made boating history some years ago when they traversed their way from the River Ouse, across the Middle Level and into the River Nene.

“This was a journey which had not been undertaken for many, many years.”

In his younger days, Mr Payne served in the Fleet Air Arm during the Second World War.

He joined the Pacific Fleet at the age of 17 and his wife said that he was proud to wear his veterans’ badge.

Aside from his widow, Margaret, Mr Payne leaves behind his three sons, Michael, Simon and Matthew. He also had five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.