Death of noted tennis-playing accountant

Blackpool accountant Michael Owen
Blackpool accountant Michael Owen
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A well-known Fylde coast accountant and keen sportsman has died aged 93.

Michael Owen worked for Rawcliffe and Co for 58 years, joining the firm in 1938 after leaving Arnold School.

He served in the RAF in India during the Second World War and, after qualifying as a chartered accountant, he became a partner in 1948.

He was the senior partner for a number of years before finally retiring from the firm in December 1996 at the age of 74. He was the first president of the North West Society of Chartered Accountants from the Fylde coast.

Michael was no relation to the famous footballer of the same name, however his father AS Owen did play for Leicester and Stoke and was the first secretary of the Players Union.

Michael enjoyed football and rugby but tennis was his main sport. He met his wife Eileen at the Blackpool Lawn Tennis Club in 1947 and they were married in 1952.

He played twice a week until the age of 88 at the South Shore Tennis Club.

He died at Cleveleys Nursing Home and the funeral is to be held at Thornton, Christ Church, on Friday, February 5 at 10am.

He is survived by his wife Eileen, son Philip and grandchildren Alicia and Emily.