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Surbiton greengrocer who married a woman whose life he saved during World War Two dies 92

A Surbiton greengrocer who married a woman he rescued from underneath a pile of rubble during World War Two has died aged 92.

Charlie Stear was the owner of CF & MC Stear, in Surbiton Hill Park, which has become a renowned greengrocers since he and his wife Amy opened the family business in 1962. They even had a stall at Covent Garden. Mr Stear died peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, May 4, his family said. The greengrocers has now been passed down to his son Martyn, who told of the time Mr Stear met his wife Amy, 85, to whom he was was married for 72 years after he saved her life.

The Stear family and the greengrocers became a well-known feature of Surbiton, with some customers having frequented the shop for as long as 40 years. The Stears celebrated 50 years serving Surbiton residents in 2012 by rolling back prices of fruit and veg to what they charged in the 1960s. Despite Mr Stear’s age and ailing health, he would still make time to visit his treasured store.

Outside of his passion for his greengrocers and visits to his stall in Covent Garden, Mr Stear was an avid sports fan.


So, according to the report, Amy would have been 13 when they got married, in 1943 or 1944.
But since 1885 the aged of consent in England has been 16!
In fact, Amy M Sparkes was born in early 1926, in the Dartford district, and the marriage was in late 1948 (also in the Dartford district).
Of course, it might have been in 1943/1944 that they met ...
It's still a great story, though! (I got my data from

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