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Keith Tucker has returned to his beloved job at Honours Furnishings in Sheerness after overcoming a family tragedy

By Lewis Dyson

A furniture salesman says he feels like he has “come full circle” after returning to the job he had to leave after the sudden deaths of his unborn child and wife.

Keith Tucker’s partner Susan passed away in her sleep from sudden death syndrome in August 2008, less than three days after the couple found out the son they were expecting had died.

She was also days away from her 29th birthday.

Chris Honour and Keith Tucker outside Honours Furnishings in Sheerness
Chris Honour and Keith Tucker outside Honours Furnishings in Sheerness

Mr Tucker was left to raise their child Harlem, who was two-and-a-half at the time, on his own so he gave up his job of nearly 10 years at Honours Furnishings in Sheerness High Street.

The 45-year-old says he has since been able to move on and in 2010, he married his current wife Natalie.

After the wedding, the Edenbridge Drive resident did a few different gardening jobs before he went to work at the green grocery department at Morrisons, Neats Court, Queenborough.

Recently he got a call from Chris Honour to say a member of staff was leaving and asked him if he would like his old job back.

Mr Tucker said: “I always said I didn’t want to leave. I left because of family circumstances.

“I didn’t want to give up working but obviously I had to look after my child.

He’s now eight years old and all grown up and I’m remarried so I didn’t even have to think about it.

“I love that it’s a family business and the atmosphere. I love coming to work and not a lot of people can say that.

“I have been out the shop for six years and it’s nice to be back working with the public and it’s nice to see the faces of some of the same customers I used to.

“A few of them have said to me, ‘Oh, you’re back’.”

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