Tributes to Chichester couple who died within days of each other

Roy and Mary Stenning outside their Chichester home
Roy and Mary Stenning outside their Chichester home

TRIBUTES have been paid to a well-known Chichester couple after they died within eight days of each other.

Roy Stenning, 95, died on April 19 before his wife Mary, 90, died on April 27. They had lived in the city and over the years featured in books, paintings, photographs and many Chichester Observer articles.

Their son Philip said: “They were just very philanthropic people, in whatever line of work they were involved with, they helped people.

“They were brilliant parents.”

Roy, whose father set up Stenning’s Cycle Shop in 1909, worked in the shop with his brothers David and Cyril for many years and had always been involved in its administration until it was finally closed in 2005 after 96 years. Reynolds Funeral Service now occupies the site in Spitalfield Lane, Chichester.

Mary taught piano from her home for more than 70 years and in that time taught hundreds of people to play.

She gained her Diploma (ALCM) under the London College of Music when she was just 15 years old and was awarded an Honorary LCM in 1979 by WS Lloyd Webber (Andrew’s father) for her outstanding services to the college.

Both Roy and Mary had a deep interest in homoeopathy and set up the Chichester Homoeopathic Clinic in 1969 at Westgate, which continued for 35 years.

A joint funeral service will take place on Wednesday, May 9, at 10am at Providence Chapel in Chapel Street, Chichester followed by an burial at Chichester cemetery.