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The E-Sylum:  Volume 3, Number 23, June 4, 2000, Article 2

PETER JONES OF SEABY'S DIES 

   Paul Withers writes:  Peter Jones died on 3 March at the Carlos 
   Haya Hospital, Malaga.  Peter's name will be familiar to many as 
   the long-serving Manager of Seaby's book department.  Peter 
   joined B A Seaby Ltd in 1959 after working for a few months in 
   an estate office in mid Wales and exhibited a keen interest in 
   books. He was able to expand the stock of books (new and 
   secondhand), cabinets and numismatic accessories in 1964, 
   when the firm expanded into a shop at 63 Great Portland Street, 
   and in 1969, at the time of the move to larger premises in 
   Margaret Street. 

   Peter was then the cheerful and very efficient manager of what 
   was generally acknowledged to be the finest numismatic 
   bookshop in the world.  He was later to became Assistant 
   Managing Director of Seaby Publications Ltd and, in 1978, a 
   Director of B A. Seaby Ltd. 

   Peter was one of those members of staff who were made 
   redundant at the time of the recession 1982.  He continued 
   dealing in books from his home in Esher, where he lived with 
   his wife Donna, also a long time employee of Seaby's. 

   After some years of operating from home, Peter and Donna 
   fulfilled a long-standing ambition and moved on a more or less 
   permanent basis to their apartment on the Costa del Sol, 
   returning to Esher only occasionally to decorate their house 
   and host delightful dinner parties.  Those who attended one 
   of these occasions will remember good wine, splendid company 
   and Donna's wonderful cooking - I can only marvel at her ability 
   to provide so much good food, seemingly without any effort. 

   Never robust, Peter's health began to deteriorate earlier this 
   year and he spent some five weeks in hospital; he was able to 
   return briefly to the apartment before his final stay in hospital at 
   the end of February. Donna brought his ashes back to Esher 
   and a service for their interment, attended by some fifty friends 
   and relations, was held at All Saints Church, Weston, on 7th 
   May. 

   Those who knew Peter will want to remember him in happy times 
   and perhaps send their condolences to Donna." 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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