MICHEAL JOHN HOLLINGBERY O.B.E. LL.D

16th April 1933 - 3rd September 2009

Michael Hollingbery sadly passed away on 3 September. A private family funeral was held at All Saints, Bishop Burton in September. Michael had lived a very full life which was celebrated in a very moving memorial service on 8th October at St. Marys Church, Beverley, the same church in which Michael had married Karen in1962. The memorial service was attended by many hundreds of people which reflected the fact that he had touched the lives of so many others during his own lifetime.

Michael was born in Harrogate, grew up in Kirkella and went to school at Rossall in the Lake District. Whilst he had the opportunity to go to university he turned it down and went straight to work in the family business, Comet, at the age of eighteen. His father died when Michael was only twenty five at which point he became managing director of the business. His hard work, skill and determination saw the business grow very dramatically over the years as Comet pioneered the move to out of town retail stores. Comet became a national name with stores all over the country and the business was eventually sold to the Kingfisher group in 1989.

Michael and Karen moved to live at Joby Cottage in 1962.The house was enlarged between 1972 and 1975 and the three children George, Jo and Richard were all brought up here. Michael was a family man and very proud of his children and his grandchildren Jessica, Brooke, Christian, Freya, March and Rose.

He was also a man of tremendous generosity with his friends and with the wider community. Michael's contribution to the area was recognised when he was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Humberside and more particularly in 2007 when Michael was awarded the OBE for his services to the community in the East Riding.

Michael loved Bishop Burton and particularly the garden at Joby. We will all remember him walking his dogs around the village or picking up the papers at the village shop. He will be missed by many, many people. We all give thanks for a life well led and send our best wishes to Karen, George, Jo, Richard and their families.

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