The family of a popular Boston shop owner have thanked members of the public for their tributes to him following his death.
Nasser Tayabali, of Boston, passed away on Tuesday, May 21, after a long illness, aged 55.
Was an absolute pleasure to of known you my whole life. This neighbourhood will never be the same without you.
Mr Tayabali had run Ali’s Foodstore, in Freiston Road, since April 1986.
It prompted a flood of tributes from members of the public via the Standard’s Facebook page – a selection follow ...
* Jade Alexandra said: “My first ever employer. Did a paper round for him. Lovely chap sad to hear this.”
* Kristy Wilkinson said: “SO SO sad. A lovely kind, warm-hearted and generous man.”
* Kelly Garner said: “I remember him well, throughout my childhood and with my own children. Such a lovely man.”
* Carl Jennings said: “He was a lovely, kind man. Always a smile on his face. Was an absolute pleasure to have known him.”
* Paul Sharpe said: “What a top bloke and was fantastic to us kids as we grew up.”
* Alison Harrington said: “This makes me so sad, what a great man he was. Many happy childhood memories of going in to his shop. You don’t find many like him.”
* Clare Lewis said: “Always happy and made me laugh every time I went in.”
* Aidie Daubney said: “Such sad news. Nassa was my next door neighbour on Priory Road. Lovely guy. Always had time for everyone.”
* Vicky Philpot said: “It’s so so sad. I knew him from being a child and he was so lovely to me and my mum and then when I had kids he was just as lovely to them. Such a loss, it really is.”
* Nicola Beal said: “Lovely, kind man. Always had a smile on his face and always made me smile too.”
* Jackie van Haren said: “Such a lovely gentleman. Always had time for everyone that went into the shop.”
* Matthew Bainbridge said: “Loved Nas, he was a wonderful man. His shop and The Pit was my childhood in the 80s/90s.”
* Cris Canton said: “Loved going to his shop during my childhood. The Willy Wonka of Freiston Road. A true gent.”
* Tizzy Gladden said: “He was polite, kind and always had a smile. Lovely man.”
* Mel Parnham said: “Was an absolute pleasure to of known you my whole life. This neighbourhood will never be the same without you.”
* Adrian Carrotte said: “He was a great man and a great friend. Always had time for a laugh and joke. It’s a great loss to everyone who knew him.”
* Luke Pettigrew said: “No trip to the pit was complete without popping in to the shop for some good natured ribbing from Ali and a few packs of 10p crisps. Town has lost a good man.”
In response, Mr Tayabali’s family said: “Thank you for all your kind words. You all meant something special to Nasser. His life was his shop and he built a unique relationship with every single one of his customers.”