TRIBUTES were paid today to a businessman who devoted more than half a century to his work, his community and his family.
Cyril Sainsbury took on a role at Aberdeen furniture shop Sainsbury’s which was run by his father, Noel, in the early 1950s after he left school aged 16.
Cyril and his brother Alan went on to run Sainsbury’s, which has had a base in the North-east since 1932, with Cyril stepping down in the early 2000s when he retired.
Cyril passed away suddenly earlier last week, aged 76, and his family today said he showed as much devotion outside his work as he did inside. A church elder and successful bowler, Cyril’s wife Edna described him as a loyal man who always had time for people.
She said: “He was calm and patient and a gentleman. Cyril was always very helpful and good at giving advice.”