Car enthusiast from Topsham has died

A WELL-known car enthusiast from Topsham has died. Wilfred William Pretty, of Pretty s Garage, died suddenly on Saturday, October 17, having suffered from an aneurism. The 82-year-old leaves his wife, Jean, three children, Karen, Lisa and Philip, and six

A WELL-known car enthusiast from Topsham has died.

Wilfred William Pretty, of Pretty's Garage, died suddenly on Saturday, October 17, having suffered from an aneurism.

The 82-year-old leaves his wife, Jean, three children, Karen, Lisa and Philip, and six grandchildren, Melissa; Anthony, Joanne, Martin, Steven and Becky.

Scores of Topsham residents who knew Wilfred visited the garage, where he worked for more than 50 years, to offer their condolences last week to the Pretty family.


You may also want to watch:


Wife Jean said: "He will be sorely missed. While working at the garage, he was appreciated by people. They could come in and ask him things without worrying about their cars."

Praised for being a devoted family man, sadly, she added: "There is a great grandchild due to be born and he would have loved to have been alive to see that."

Most Read

Son Philip said his customers would call him a 'cheeky chappy' especially some of the ladies.

"One woman came in yesterday and she didn't know he had died.

"I told her what happened and she said 'well, you come in her and he'd either cheer you up or you were verbally abused in a nice way.'

"He was a family man and would do anything for you."

Wilfred's funeral took place at the Exeter and Devon Crematorium last Tuesday, November 3.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter
Comments powered by Disqus