Tributes to the man who started Osborne’s Sports and Toys in Rushden

Jim Osborne in the shop with wife Pamela and son William
Jim Osborne in the shop with wife Pamela and son William

Tributes have been paid to a man who has been selling traditional toys and games from his family-run business for 60 years.

Hundreds of people have commented online following the death of Jim Osborne, who ran Osborne’s Sports and Toys in Rushden High Street since buying the shop back in 1955.

He will be missed, absolutely

Graham Wise

More than 400 comments have been left after a tribute to Mr Osborne was posted on the Spotted Rushden and Higham Ferrers page on Facebook.

Many have shared their memories of going to the shop and buying toys over the years.

As well as being known in the town for the shop which he ran with his wife Pamela and son William, Mr Osborne was a long-standing member of Rushden Rotary Club with 44 years of service.

Graham Wise from the Rotary club said: “He will be missed, absolutely, there’s no question about that.”

Mr Wise said Mr Osborne had the accolade of being the oldest continuous trader in Rushden High Street and was also named as the Good Toy Guide’s Retailer of the Month in October 2014.

He said Mr Osborne was not a big fan of technology, but despite this, there are several stories about him and his business’ success online.

Mr Wise said: “He was the biggest technophobe I have ever come across.

“For him to have five entries on the world wide web would absolutely astound him.

“He wouldn’t go near the computer or on Facebook.

“He had an email address for the shop but he only got it because the bank made him get one.”

Mr Osborne was president of Rushden Rotary Club in its 50th anniversary year and he was a Paul Harris Fellow, an award given to Rotary members who go beyond ‘service above self.’