Obituary: Michael Chattaway

Michael Chattaway, one of the best known servants of village life in Balsall Common, passed away on Saturday (27th August 2011), aged 74. Mick was best known to many for his Alladdin’s cave of a hardware shop, which carried his family name on Station Road from 1931, until it closed in 2007.


Mick was famous for being able to find absolutely anything, to the extent it became a game to many of his customers to try to catch him out with some ‘impossible’ mission. But he always came up trumps.

Mick ran the hardware shop in Station Road, first with his father, Arthur, before running it for many years on his own, until his retirement.

The Chattaway name has roots in Balsall Common stretching back some 280 years. The family business goes back beyond the days of Chattaways hardware store, to 1909 when Mick’s grandfather Charlie started it all off with a doorstep delivery service of paraffin and candles.

In later years the business was continued by Mick’s father and his Uncle Stanley, who still lives in Balsall Common.

Michael was a well known personality in Balsall Common and good friend to many.

Our condolences to Michael’s widow, Janet and to his Uncle Stanley.

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