Farewell to Sheffield World War II veteran Jimmy

Jimmy and Renee Swift, on their wedding day in Sheffield on June 27, 1942.

Jimmy and Renee Swift, on their wedding day in Sheffield on June 27, 1942.

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Tributes have been paid to a man who travelled the globe serving his country in World War II, ran one of Sheffield’s best-loved DIY shops for almost 30 years and was Father Christmas to hundreds of children.

Family and friends are tomorrow due to say their final farewells to former Hobbycraft owner James Swift this afternoon following his death at the age of 93.

Jimmy Swift, from Sheffield, played Father Christmas at Corner House Nursery for almost 20 years.
Jimmy Swift, from Sheffield, played Father Christmas at Corner House Nursery for almost 20 years.

Mr Swift, known to friends and family as Jimmy, owned Hobbycraft DIY store in Crookes for 27 years with wife Renee after the couple took on the business in the early 1960s.

 

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