Tributes paid to ‘lovely’ Welham Green butcher Ken Maclean

PUBLISHED: 17:43 06 April 2018 | UPDATED: 17:43 06 April 2018

Ken Maclean, who owned Ken's Family Butchers in Welham Green. Picture: Case Eames.

Ken Maclean, who owned Ken's Family Butchers in Welham Green. Picture: Case Eames.

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Tributes have flooded in for an “exceptionally popular” Welham Green butcher who passed away this week.

Mary Phillips (left) pictured with partner Welham Green butcher Ken Maclean (right) who recently passed away. Picture: DANNY LOOMary Phillips (left) pictured with partner Welham Green butcher Ken Maclean (right) who recently passed away. Picture: DANNY LOO

Ken Maclean, owner of Ken’s Family Butchers in the village, lost his battle with cancer at the age of 74 on Tuesday, April 3.

His partner of 30 years, Mary Phillips, said he was loved by everyone in the village and “lived for his butchering” – a trade he worked in his whole life.

Born in Norfolk, Ken moved to Welham Green aged 15, where he lived for around 50 years before moving to Hatfield with Mary.

Having enjoyed a couple of years in a local butcher’s shop, he spent two decades working in Potters Bar’s Readers Butchers, before opening Ken’s Family Butchers.

Mary Phillips holds a picture of her with her partner Welham Green butcher Ken Maclean who recently passed away. Picture: DANNY LOOMary Phillips holds a picture of her with her partner Welham Green butcher Ken Maclean who recently passed away. Picture: DANNY LOO

Welham Green resident Case Eames, 33, said: “He was everything you wanted in a local butcher. He would always chat to everyone that came in and you’d leave the shop with a smile on your face. He was just a lovely man.”

Fellow resident Carol King said Ken was “a big part of all of our hearts”, while Tony Gunning of Knolles Crescent said Ken used to make his daughter special chicken sausages – which she loved.

“He was a really nice man who had lots of stories about his early days as a butcher that I could relate to, coming from a family of butchers,” Tony added.

“Many villagers I’m sure will have many happy memories of Ken and Mary running the shop and will miss him for sure.”

A picture of Welham Green butcher Ken Maclean taken three years ago after he recently passed away. Picture: DANNY LOOA picture of Welham Green butcher Ken Maclean taken three years ago after he recently passed away. Picture: DANNY LOO

Mary added that she wanted to thank the “absolutely brilliant” Welham Green Residents Association for its support, as well as Potterells Medical Centre.

She also had kind words for WGC-based charity Isabel Hospice, which looked after Ken during his final weeks.

“They were so understanding,” Mary said. “It was little things – they would sit with him and hold his hand, or get a cup of tea for me.

“They came out the day he died and two of them sat with me for hours.”

A picture of Welham Green butcher Ken Maclean taken last year who recently passed away. Picture: DANNY LOOA picture of Welham Green butcher Ken Maclean taken last year who recently passed away. Picture: DANNY LOO

An Isabel Hospice spokeswoman said the nurses felt it was “a real privilege” to know and care for Ken in his final days.

Ken’s funeral will be in Harwood Park Crematorium at 2pm on Monday, April 30, following which a reception – open to everyone – will be in the Sibthorpe Arms in Station Road, Welham Green.

A picture of Welham Green butcher Ken Maclean at aged five or six after he recently passed away. Picture: DANNY LOOA picture of Welham Green butcher Ken Maclean at aged five or six after he recently passed away. Picture: DANNY LOO

A picture of Welham Green butcher Ken Maclean taken five years ago after he recently passed away. Picture: DANNY LOOA picture of Welham Green butcher Ken Maclean taken five years ago after he recently passed away. Picture: DANNY LOO


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