Tributes paid after shock death of popular butcher Paul Lowcock

DEVASTATED family and friends led the tributes after the shock death of much-loved Uppermill butcher Paul Lowcock.

Paul, who was in his 50s, died on February 2 after being taken ill suddenly in January.

The family told the Independent: “His first and last love Gill and his family and all his friends are devastated at this time and will keep all his friends informed of the funeral arrangements.

“He was an icon in the village and will always be remembered.

“His shop will continue to trade as Paul would want that.”

Paul ran Paul’s Quality Meats in the village since 1990, first launching in the former Spar store before moving five years later into the current corner shop just down the road.

He was also a stalwart community champion and was heavily involved in local fundraising projects, especially through Saddleworth Round Table for more than 15 years.

Paying tribute, they wrote on their Facebook page: “Paul threw himself into fundraising initiatives that have in turn donated hundreds of thousands of pounds for our community.

“Paul leaves this earth before his time, has served as a great friend, sounding board and local hero. He will very much be missed.”

Hundreds of tributes were paid by locals on social media after the news.

Chris Pogson wrote: “Always smiling, what a lovely man, so sad” while Daniel Corless added: “Top man, you will be missed.”

And Joanne Foster said: “Such sad news. What a lovely guy. Always had a cheeky smile on his face. He’s going to be missed by so many people.”

• Funeral arrangements are yet to be confirmed but a notice will be put in the shop once finalised.

6 Replies to “Tributes paid after shock death of popular butcher Paul Lowcock”

  1. Really good friend, lovely guy, will be very sadly missed, unbelievly sad xx lots of love to your family and friends xx Phil and Gill Taylor

  2. I worked with Paul in the spar days when Mr Green was the owner. Paul was such a gentle soul you could laugh with him and chat with him . He was never judgemental always caring person . My mum said she only went doctors couple weeks back to uppermill and my mum was feeling down and she said laughing and talking to Paul cheered her up . He will be sadly missed by so many people. He was great person on this earth that made such a difference in a lovely kind and compassionate way . Even the years not seen him then might gone Uppermill and visited his shop few times with my mum . He always welcomed you like all the years you not seen Paul. Was like just never being away RIP Paul and Pray for his family at this sad time xxx

  3. Thank you so much all of you for your kind and loving words about our son Paul.
    Pauls Quality Meat was his life….. he loved it and al you lovely people that visited him in there.
    His daughter Vicki (our granddaughter) is going to do her best to keep PQMeats. The staff that Paul employed are still there, using the same suppliers.
    The quality and friendly service of the shop will remain the same. Hopefully you, his loyal and valuable customers will still shop there.
    We know as Pauls parents that life will never be the same again without him. A heart of gold … ..
    Christine and Martin Lowcock 💔💔

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