A PRESTWICH pharmacist who ran a chemist shop for nearly 30 years died last Friday after a short illness.
Alan Creek, 81, set up Alan Creek Chemist, in Kings Road, in 1964.
“In the days before late-night pharmacists, dad would always open up after hours when someone had been to the doctors and they needed a prescription,” said son Ian Creek. “He was very caring and would do anything for anyone.”
Raised in Cheetham Hill, the son of Mary and Manny Creek, Mr Creek read pharmacy at the University of Birmingham.
He met wife Marlene (nee Gerdus) at a Jewish youth group and the couple were married at Prestwich Hebrew Congregation by her father, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Gerdus, who served as its minister for 42 years from its inauguration.
Mr Creek became heavily involved with the shul, serving on its council and executive, as well as spells as its secretary, warden, trustee and vice-president.
Ian, who is now the shul’s president, said: “Being Jewish was everything to dad and Yiddishkeit came first.”
Mr Creek also served as the Chevra Kedisha (burial board) president, succeeding his father in the post.
After marrying, the couple moved to Prestwich and had two children, Vivienne and Ian.
Mr Creek worked for various pharmaceutical companies before opening in Kings Road. At first, he shared premises with a barber, but later took control of the whole shop.
And his daughter, Vivienne, followed in his footsteps, working there alongside her father.
Mr Creek sold the business in 1993 and continued to carry out locum work all over the North-West for 15 years.
A model trains and cars enthusiast, he also enjoyed going to shiurim.
The funeral took place on Sunday at Agrecroft cemetery, Salford, where Prestwich Hebrew Congregation’s Rabbi Dovid Eisenberg officiated.
Wife Marlene, children Vivienne and Ian, and seven grandchildren survive him.
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