Sutton-in-Ashfield Rotary Club are saddened to announce the passing of long-serving member Jim Wistow, who died after a long illness on June 9th aged 84.
He had been a member of the club since 1977 and was president in 1988-89, the same year incidentally that his son Mark was president of Sutton-in-Ashfield Rotaract Club This was a very proud time for Jim as the two clubs organised joint projects.
Jim was for many years a prominent businessman in the area and was the popular proprietor of two jewellery businesses in Sutton, Smiths in the Market Place and Brittains in Portland Square. Mark still runs Brittains.
For many years Jim was a very active member of the club, organising social and charity events. To mark 25 years service he was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship.
In more recent years his respiratory problems meant that he was unable to play such an active part in the club and he resigned purely on health grounds. However, he was elected an honorary member and for a while still attended meetings. He was philosophical about his difficulties and remained positive in his outlook.
He had a property in Spain and together with his wife Jean holidayed there until her death some years ago. More recently he had several admissions to hospital and had only been very recently released when he passed away.
When Jim was active, he made a great contribution to the Rotary organisation in general and the Sutton club in particular and those who remember him do so with great affection.
The funeral is at Mansfield Crematorium on June 23rd at 4.15pm although it is not known at this time how many will be allowed to attend.
Obituary by Past President Paul Richardson.
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