TRIBUTES have been paid to a well-known Sunderland grandad who ran a successful amateur deaf football team before setting up as a cobbler.
James Beverley – known as Bev – died on Saturday, four years after he hung up his cobbler’s tools for good .
The 88-year-old’s shop – J Beverley Shoe Repairs in Midmoor Road – was a focal point in Pallion for 40 years.
Mr Beverley was widowed last year, 65 years after marrying wife Winifred, in St Peter’s Church in Monkwearmouth.
His funeral will be held today, at 2.45pm, in the very same church he married his childhood sweetheart.
Having started work in South Shields after leaving school, Mr Beverley joined Timpsons Shoe Shop in Sunderland city centre. He also worked in Newcastle before returning to Wearside to set up his own business.
Speaking to the Echo on his retirement, he said: “I’ve enjoyed serving people and meeting them at the shop in the past and I’d just like to thank them all.”
Daughter Marilyn Crompton, 60, said: “My dad was very well known in Sunderland. He got to know a lot of people who came into the shop for many years. He was working until he was 84.”
Mr Beverley, of Seaburn Dene, was also instrumental in setting up the Timpsonians amateur football team – previously Sunderland Deaf – which won the Wearside Combination League Challenge Cup in 1966 and the Wearmouth and Hylton Aged Miners’ Cup in 1968.
Close friend Joe Cliff, 70, who knew Mr Beverley from the early 60s, said: “Bev was great. He was everything for the team.”
He also leaves behind grandchildren Barry, Colin and Lynsey, and great-grandsons Jamie and Broden.