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