Family pay tribute to 'wise, caring, affectionate' businessman Stephen Jewell
THE FAMILY and friends of a fun-loving businessman killed in a racing car accident have come together to celebrate his life.
Businessman Stephen Jewell, 63, died last month when his 1924 Bugatti T35B left the track and hit crash barriers at the Snetterton circuit in Norfolk.
A service of celebration for his life, at Cheltenham College Chapel, was told the grandfather of five was an active person who enjoyed his sailing and racing cars, which included taking part in the popular Prescott Hill Climb, near Gotherington.
In a tribute, his children, Russell, Rob and Emma described him as "wise, caring, reliable, affectionate, tenacious and occasionally grumpy".
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They also said he was a "great source of fun, often devising unusual games".
The tribute added: "He was the best person in the world at waking up sleepy kids and teenagers for school."
A chemical engineering graduate, Mr Jewell, from Uckinghall, near Tewkesbury, opened a Kall Kwik printing franchise in 1981 in Imperial Square, Cheltenham. It ran until 2003, when he launched it as independent Print by Design.
When his wife Sally became ill with cancer in 2005, he appointed someone to run the company so that he could spend more time with her and his family.
Sally died eight years ago and latterly Mr Jewell found happiness again with close family friend Ros Ottignon.
Mr Jewell, who was diagnosed with MS during his 30s, refused to let the condition slow him down and enjoyed sports such as windsurfing, sailing, fishing and shooting.
He loved cars and managed to race at Silverstone and Donington.
His racing days began with Auto Testing in his Lotus 7, where he became champion.
His children's tributes added: "If he could have written the script of how he would leave this world, it would not be gradually growing old with MS and eventually grinding to a halt, it would be in his pride and joy on a sunny day, testing his skills and nerve to the maximum."