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Sheringham rocked by sudden death of respected shop owner

12:13 26 October 2012

Jamie Wright with his wife Vanessa and daughter Emily; Photo credit: Submitted.

Jamie Wright with his wife Vanessa and daughter Emily; Photo credit: Submitted.

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A loving brother has paid tribute to a well-known Sheringham businessman, who died from a rare blood disorder hours after it was diagnosed.

Jamie Wright, who was 38 and father to 12-year-old Emily, was well known at the family ironmongers Blyth and Wright.

Jamie had only started to feel ill the morning he died and was treated by paramedics at his home in Sheringham before being taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

It was found that the youngest of three brothers was suffering from a condition called thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP).

Only two in one million people are believed to have the rare blood disorder.

Older brother Chris recalled his “business partner, brother and best friend” Jamie, whose death came 10 years after middle brother Andy died at the age of 34 from a brain aneurism.

“The bottom has dropped out of my world really,” Chris, 46, said. “In 10 years I have gone from being one of three to an only child.”

He is the third generation of Wright’s to run the Sheringham business, which started in 1897.

His grandfather, an apprentice ironmonger, took over the business with Mr Blyth in the late 1920s and then his father Ron, with his uncle Richard, took it over before the three brothers.

Chris said that following the death of Andy, he and Jamie built up the business and “took it to another level”.

“We did everything around the shop from the business side to the counter service, sweeping floors - everything that needed to be done throughout the day - and always alongside our staff. But as well as being business partners and brothers we were all best friends as well.”

The trio shared a love of motorbikes, cars and socialising together over a pint.

“Us three brothers were all different but Jamie would always go that extra mile,” Chris said. “He was a very genuine, wonderful brother who would do anything for anyone and was also a very loving and caring husband and father and he would dote on his daughter.

“He was just a really decent young man and a role model for everyone else.”

Jamie was a former Sheringham High School student and studied motor vehicle engineering at Norwich City College. He had also been actively involved with Sheringham’s Christmas lights, the chamber of trade and the town council.

He died on Saturday October 13 and leaves behind his wife Vanessa and daughter Emily.

The funeral will be held at noon on Monday October 29, in St Peter’s Church. A family burial will follow at All Saints, Beeston Regis.

The family has asked for donations only, to be made by cheque to Blyth and Sons, Cremer Street, Sheringham.

Money raised will be split between the emergency assessment unit at the N and N, the Sheringham Playpark Revamp Group and Lifeblood, a charity dedicated to promoting awareness about thrombosis and conditions such as TTP.

3 comments

  • Very sad to read this. He served me in the shop countless times and was always friendly and helpful.

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    samphirelover

    Friday, October 26, 2012

  • Sheringham will miss Jamie dreadfully. One of life's great guys. RIP.

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    jeffy

    Friday, October 26, 2012

  • My mother used to work with Jamie, and has nothing but kind words for him. Sheringham is in mourning.

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    Callum Ringer

    Saturday, October 27, 2012

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