Well-known Ilkeston man dies aged 94

Former Ilkeston Co-op chairman Joseph Ayre.
Former Ilkeston Co-op chairman Joseph Ayre.

A man who worked for Ilkeston post office for many years has died at the age of 94.

Joseph Ayre started as a messenger boy delivering telegrams when he was 14, then as a postman, before working on the front counter until he retired at 60.

He was also chairman of the governing board of the Co-op from 1951 until his retirement in 1989.

His son Clive Ayre, said: “He was as sharp as a button and did crosswords every day.

“He was very particular - if it was 90 degrees outside he would always wear a collar and tie.”

Joseph died in Royal Derby Hospital on May 25. Tragically it was the same day Clive’s daughter got married. Joseph had fallen down in a car park a few months before and never fully recovered.

His funeral will take place at Bramcote Crematorium on Thursday, June 6 at 2.45pm.