Moving tributes to ‘absolute gem of a man’ who founded jewellery business

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 29 Nov 2017

THE family of retired Beverley jeweller and 'people’s champion' Michael Guest MBE have paid a moving tribute to him.

Mr Guest, who founded the Guest & Philips jewellery business in 1966, has died aged 82.

His family, including son Philip and daughter Karen, who now run the business, have paid tribute to him and thanked everyone for the overwhelming support following his death.

 As well as being the founder of the business, which opened in Saturday Market under the name Michael Philips, before expanding to Cottingham and Pocklington, Mr Guest was also a former councillor and a member of many organisations.

Philip said: “He was a former Beverley borough councillor, county councillor and town councillor.

“He was very interested in anything that went on in Beverley, he just liked helping people really, that was his thing.

“People would come into the shop and say, ‘Mike will know what to do’ and he would get on the phone to the council to try to sort things out. He was very much the people’s champion in that respect.”

Mr Guest was recognised by the Queen in 2002 for his service to the community.

He was also made an honorary freeman of Beverley last year, recognising his great support of the town for many years.

Former Beverley mayor John Bird, a friend for 70 years, described Mr Guest as “an absolute gem of a man”.

Mr Bird said: “We both came from Barnsley and both ended up in Beverley doing similar things. Mike was one of the nicest men I have ever known.

“He was an absolute gem of a man, always with a friendly smile and so supportive of anything he felt would help Beverley.

“He was a great servant of the community and a great supporter of charities.

“A true gent and a great guy who will be missed by the community.”

Over the years, Mr Guest was a leading light in the chamber of trade, civic society, Beverley Renaissance, Beverley Round Table and Rotary Club.

He was a trustee of the Minster Old Fund, St John Ambulance fund raising committee and a past president of Hull Hockey League.

His family have thanked everyone for their kind words since his death.

They said: “We have been overwhelmed by the level of sympathy we have received as a family, including all the cards, well wishes and people coming into the shop to say such nice things.”

He is survived by his wife Anne, son, daughter and three grandchildren. His funeral will be at Beverley Minster on Friday at 11am.

Requests are for no flowers, but donations to the Daisy Appeal and Beverley Minster Old Fund.

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