Final farewell to man who sold ice creams for 44 years

Tributes have been paid to a community stalwart who was an ice-cream man on the harbour head at Porthleven for nearly half a century.

Spencer Ferris died on June 9 at the Royal Cornwall Hospital at the age of 84 following an illness.

Spencer spent 44 years working for Uren’s Cornish Ice-Cream, owned by his father-in-law and made locally in Porthleven.

Spencer’s son, Chris, said retirement at the age of 65 allowed him to enjoy his interest of vintage tractors.

The pair shared their love of the vehicles and spent many years together attending rallies and road runs.

Spencer Ferris’ funeral procession

A funeral service for Spencer was held at Treswithian Downs Crematorium Camborne on June 19.

Chris said: “Four of our tractor friends accompanied dad on his final trip along the harbour head – two in front of the hearse and two behind.

“All of my family were deeply touched by the friends and locals who had gathered to say goodbye, and we are really grateful to everyone for giving him such an amazing send off.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to the Renal Unit at West Cornwall Hospital, Penzance for looking after dad for the last eight years during his dialysis treatment, and to Treliske Hospital for the care given to him during his final days.

“We would also like to thank everyone for their generosity with funeral donations, which raised over £300 for the Renal Unit.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank Bobby, Wobbles, Terry and Neil for riding with dad on his final journey and to everyone who sent their kind words and shared fond memories, it has brought us comfort through a very difficult time.”

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Spencer leaves behind wife Florence and children Chris, Philip, Nigel, Cathy and Sally.


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