Former Clitheroe butcher ‘had time for everyone’

Proud father Paul Witham with son Stephen after winning a national sausage-making competition. (s)
Proud father Paul Witham with son Stephen after winning a national sausage-making competition. (s)

A popular former Clitheroe butcher has died after suffering with a heart condition for over 20 years.

Paul Witham (68) was proprietor of SR Witham Butchers & Son of Moor Lane, after taking over from his father in the mid 1980s.

After being diagnosed with hereditary heart disease in his early 40s, Paul and his wife Christine sold the shop in 1988 and he went on to work first for Hanson’s cooked meats and then to Woodhead Bros. abattoir in Colne.

Having lived in Barrow as a child, Paul met Christine when he worked at his father’s shop and his future wife worked down the street in a shop in Market Place. They married in 1965 and had three sons, Stephen, born in 1966, followed by David in 1969 and Gary in 1970.

A stock car enthusiast in his youth, Paul built his own car and raced in Nelson and Manchester. He was soon dissuaded from the sport by his father after an injury meant he had to take time off from the shop!

After suffering his first heart attack aged 41, Paul’s health was dogged in the following years by a series of heart attacks and operations including a quadruple heart bypass.

Having moved to sheltered accommodation on Lilac Grove in Henthorn three years ago, Paul and Christine were very happy and loved the community spirit, thriving in their new home.

Paul is survived by Christine, two sons Stephen and David, Grandchildren Gemma, Cameron, Tom and Paige and great-grandson Logan.