04:55AM, Thursday 20 February 2014
A veteran newsagent who was at the centre of life in Windsor with her husband for 37 years has died.
Maureen Dennis died on Sunday, February 9, at St Mark's Nursing Centre in Maidenhead, aged 80. She and her husband Doug were the proprietors of D and M Dennis newsagents in Datchet Road between 1962 and 1999, living upstairs with their family.
Mr Dennis died in January last year aged 79. The couple left two children and five grandchildren.
This week their son Rob and daughter Jacqui reminisced about growing up in the shop. Jacqui said: "Being so near the castle we saw all the state visits at close hand and would often get waved at.
"Prince Harry came in when he was at Eton and the Duchess of Kent came in for an ice-cream. We had the theatre nearby and Sean Connery and Honor Blackman were once customers at the shop."
Rob said: "I'm a Chelsea fan and Peter Osgood came in which made my day."
But running a traditional newsagents meant there were no family holidays as the shop never closed.
Jacqui said: "As we got older we realised how hard our parents worked. Mum was quieter than Dad but very sociable. Dad doted on her, they were a real partnership.
"The busiest time was always after a budget when all the prices had to be changed. When decimalisation came in, it was frantic."
Mr Dennis had joined the Navy at 15 and 'seen the world' before settling down with the shop. He and his wife travelled together after retiring and also enjoyed family holidays abroad that had not been possible in busier times.Mrs Dennis' funeral is due to take place tomorrow at Slough Crematorium at 3.30pm.
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