PUBLISHED: 12:02 06 January 2006 | UPDATED: 13:21 28 May 2010
STAFF and customers of the former Stotts Fish Restaurant in March have been left stunned by the death of manager Martyn Jupp. Mr Jupp, 45, originally from Wisbech, worked in the High Street restaurant for four years until its closure in November. He was f
STAFF and customers of the former Stotts Fish Restaurant in March have been left stunned by the death of manager Martyn Jupp.
Mr Jupp, 45, originally from Wisbech, worked in the High Street restaurant for four years until its closure in November. He was found dead in his home just two days before Christmas.
Fish and Chip shop boss Jonathan Stott has spoken of his devastation over the death of his childhood friend who went on to become a valued colleague.
Mr Stott became concerned when he was unable to contact Mr Jupp who lived in a flat in Chapel Street, March. He contacted Mr Jupp's family and was informed by police on Christmas Eve that his friend was dead.
An inquest at Wisbech on Wednesday was opened and adjourned but the cause of death was not given.
Mr Stott was forced to close his business of 21 years after a fire in adjoining buildings left the shop unsafe. All staff were made redundant.
Mr Stott grew up in Wisbech close to Mr Jupp. Over the years the two friends lost touch until four years ago.
"He was a lovely old boy. He got on with all the customers and staff. He will be sadly missed, I just cannot believe it has happened," said Mr Stott.
"He rang me up out of the blue when I was advertising for staff and we just rekindled our old friendship. He was very good at his job and he used to take the pressure off me. I think all the customers would want to know what has happened."
Mr Jupp was the son of Janet and the late Owen Jupp. He had a long-term partner Carrie-Ann and two sons, Christopher and Steffan.
A funeral service will be held at Mintlyn Crematorium, King's Lynn, on Monday at 10.45am.