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In memory of Peggy Cramer

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19.11.2011

Margaret Cramer, known by all as Peggy, was Prestat’s head of packing and later shop manageress for over 30 years, finally retiring in 2001. She passed away peacefully on November 15 the day after her 79th birthday.

peggy_cramerPrestat’s customers will remember Peggy with great affection. She was born in Ireland and started work in the chocolate business when joining Rowntree in Dublin at the age of 14. On moving with her husband to London, Peggy joined Prestat which was under the ownership of Neville and Maxwell Croft.

Peggy could pack like the wind and to the highest of standards. She will be remembered most, however, for her kind spirit and good humour. She loved Prestat and everyone at Prestat loved her.

It is in large thanks to Peggy that the current owners acquired Prestat. When Nick Crean first visited Prestat as a teenager he tried to pay with a cheque without a cheque card. His only form of identity was the school name tag sewn into his shirt. Peggy duly pulled back the collar, checked the tag and, laughing all the while, accepted payment. That was the way to do business!

At the Service celebrating her life, her family recalled Peggy’s happy memories serving Sir Paul McCartney, Stephen Fry and Martin Clunes. On her retirement, Peggy received a kind letter from The Queen Mother thanking her for the many years in which she had personally packed the chocolates for the royal family and wishing her a happy retirement. It was wonderful and touching for her work and dedication to Prestat to be recognised in this way.

Peggy was the living history of Prestat. In the photograph for this blog, she is on the left pretending to be a customer served by Elizabeth Croft. We will all miss Peggy greatly and our thoughts and love go to her family.

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