Tributes paid to a well-known Hayling Island businessman

Tony Johnson
Tony Johnson
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TRIBUTES have been paid to a well-known businessman who has died aged 85.

Tony Johnson, pictured above, of Hayling Island, died in QA Hospital on January 23. He was the managing director of Landport Drapery Bazaar – which later become Allders of Portsmouth – in Commercial Road between 1967-1987.

Mr Johnston was also chairman of the Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce and was presented to the Queen in honour of her Silver Jubilee.

His son, Mark, said: ‘Tony was a loving father and husband, and the best grandfather his nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren could wish for. He was always ready to help anyone with any need or project, and his friendship, magnetic personality and genuine character was appreciated by all.

‘Tony loved going out on his boats, playing golf, snooker and cards, working in the garden and philately. However, his greatest passion was the time he spent with his best friend and love of his life, Jeanann.’

Mr Johnson’s funeral takes place at The Oaks Crematorium, in Barters Road, Havant on Wednesday, February 8 at 2.30pm.