Mumbles closing as mark of respect to pharmacist Stephen Newbury
BUSINESSES in Mumbles will fall silent on Friday as a mark of respect for a pillar of the local community.
Stephen Newbury — who ran the village’s Newbury Pharmacy for more than 20 years — died suddenly while running for charity in a marathon.
His funeral takes place on Friday, and many of his fellow traders are to close their doors while the service takes place in their own special tribute.
One of the businesses taking part is the Cover to Cover bookshop on Newton Road. Owner Sarah Rees said the popular pharmacist had been an important part of the local community.
She said: “It will be a fitting tribute to a man who played such a huge part in the community.
“He is missed by so many different people here — we have all been in a state of shock since we heard the news of his death.
“We all felt we knew him, and he was always there when people needed him.
“He loved his business and people regarded him almost like their doctor, he would always put you at ease.”
Mr Newbury had been running a race in Lyon, France, on October 6 when he was taken ill.
The father-of-two was a regular charity fundraiser and had this year completed marathons in Paris, to raise funds for Parkinson’s Disease, and in London on behalf of Shelter Cymru.
His funeral takes place in St Peter’s Church, Newton, at 12.45pm on Friday — and shops and other business throughout Mumbles will be shutting for an hour during the service.
In May this year Newbury Pharmacy had been named Independent Pharmacist of the Year at the 2013 Welsh Pharmacy Awards.
Mr Newbury also had a monthly slot on radio station Swansea Sound, where he would discuss different health issues.
Oystermouth councillor Tony Colburn said: “A constituent approached me with the idea of shops closing for an hour, and I think it is a very good idea.
“Mr Newbury was very well thought of, and was held in high regard not just by his fellow traders but by everyone.
“He was extremely courteous, and a gentleman, and will be greatly missed by the community of Mumbles.”
Following Mr Newbury’s sudden death Newton councillor Miles Thomas described him as the “heart and soul of the village”, and said his passing was a great loss to Mumbles.