Tributes paid to pharmacist who served Cheshire town for 50 years

Tributes have been paid to a ‘nice guy’ pharmacist whose family owned a popular chemist in Sandbach.

Tony Welsby died at 81 on Wednesday (November 3) surrounded by his family after a short bout with pneumonia.

His son Ian says the family have been overwhelmed by the messages of support from the Sandbach community which Tony served for more than 50 years.

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Ian said: “We knew my dad was a nice guy, but to see how many people said such nice things about him and personal stories it was a real comfort to our family.

“He was forever involved with the town, and one of the last stalwarts of the high street.”

Welsby’s Chemist was opened by Clifford Welsby back in the late 1940s with his wife Bessie and young son Tony on Crewe Road before extending onto Middlewich Road in the late 70s.

In the 90s the chemist became a co-op and moved to a new site in Sandbach which is now owned by an estate agent.

Tony qualified as a pharmacist and became a partner of Welsby’s Chemist from 1964 before retiring in 2005.

Tony created another branch of the family business by opening a photographic department of the shop where residents could print their photos, one of the first of its kind in the town.

The business was sold in 2005, however, continued to trade under the name Welsby’s.

Unfortunately Welsby’s, stopped trading last month meaning the Welsby name has left the Sandbach high street after years of service to the town and its people.

Speaking to CheshireLive, Ian said: “My grandfather came here just after World War II and set up the chemist when my dad was a child.

“There was boots in the town and there was Welsby’s, we did something like 80% of Sandbach’s prescriptions, my grandfather was the town optician too so everybody knew my dad and everybody knew my grandfather.

“My knew everybody by name, and everybody knew him, it was a big family business but he had time for everybody.”

Tony leaves behind his wife Joan, his children Duncan, Glyn, Ian, Allison and Andy

As well as seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

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