HE WAS best known for his years of dedicated service running the Luke’s News store, in Rustington.
But after battling for eight months against a crippling form of leukaemia, dedicated newsagent Neal Ogilvie died last Wednesday (February 6), at St Barnabas House hospice, in Worthing.
Neal had worked at the last remaining Luke’s News shop, in The Street, right up until his retirement at the end of last year.
Friends and loved ones have paid tribute to the “kind, funny and sweet” 71-year-old.
Friend and co-worker Jonathan Mankelow worked with Neal for 26 years.
He said: “He was one of the best people you could have worked for or worked with.
“He would do anything for you, come hell or high water. If he thought he could help, he would do it, without hesitating.”
Neal’s partner Deborah Toney was with him when he died. She said: “I will always remember his smile.
“He was so kind, funny and sweet. He was incredibly understanding and loving.
“When he died, it left a big hole in my life and I feel empty without him.”
Neal joined Luke’s almost half a century ago, in 1965, at the age of 24.
Initially, he worked at the former branch in Sea Lane, Rustington.
By the mid-1990s, he was directing the three newsagents across Rustington and East Preston as a general manager.
Luke’s News managing director and owner, John Carey, said: “Neal was very successful in his work and had a great relationship with all his customers.
“He wasn’t afraid of a bit of banter. He was utterly dedicated to his work, waking up at 3am most days to organise the shop.
“He was a very straightforward, honest man, who will be sorely missed by both his work colleagues, friends, family and customers.”
Neal’s funeral will take place at Worthing Crematorium, on Wednesday, January 20, at 3.40pm.
He leaves two adult children from a previous marriage, two grandchildren, and partner Deborah.