Memories of Lancing travel agent who worked into his 90s

Pictures of Joe Langdell who died recently
Pictures of Joe Langdell who died recently

TRIBUTES have been paid to a businessman who continued working at the company he owned into his 90s.

Joe Langdell, who set up Lancing Travel, in North Road, 45 years ago with his daughter, Marolyn Butcher, died on May 12 at the age of 92, after suffering from a stroke.

The indefatigable businessman had continued working up until several weeks before his death, and was described by Marolyn as having a “zest for life”.

Marolyn, 68, of Alinora Crescent, Goring, said: “He loved life and always said he’d had a wonderful life. He never wanted to give up on either life or work, and he loved business. It was what got him up every day. He said he loved spending time with his girls, who he worked with.”

Prior to setting up Lancing Travel, Joe, of Woodmancote Road, Worthing, owned a greengrocers and fishmongers on the site now occupied by the multi-storey car park in High Street, Worthing.

He sold his business there after he became ill with colon cancer, but after recovering from that, and in later life non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, he opened his travel business in Strand Parade, Goring, before moving over to Lancing.

Asked what had kept the business going so long, Marolyn said the family name and the personal touch had kept customers returning.

One example of that personal touch was Joe’s tours to Florida, where he joined travellers on holidays to the American state.

Marolyn said: “There were customers who kept coming back because he made it so fun for them. He had a great sense of humour.” The business will now be run by Marolyn, who had been director of the company, and Joe’s grand-daughter, Cheryl Craft.

HD Tribe will hold Joe’s funeral at Worthing Crematorium on Monday at 1.40pm.