The family of a local builder, former director of Hastings United and well-known member of the community, have paid tribute after he lost his battle with prostrate cancer.
Michael Muth was born on March 13, 1939. He moved from Romford to Hastings when he was a boy. On leaving school, he was taken on as an apprentice at building contractors, W.H.Woodford (Hastings) Ltd, and attended Hastings Technical College.
During this time he began making his mark on the local area and was involved in many building projects, including Westfield Bowling Club and Camber Church.
Michael completed his apprenticeship in 1959 and married Shirley Hammand in 1961. Having been called up for conscription and doing his duty in the RAF medics he subsequently decided that he wanted to work for himself. Michael’s mother and grandmother found the money for him to buy his first piece of land. In his spare time, while subcontracting, he built his first house in Priory Road.
In the late seventies, he joined Hastings United Football Club as a director and was hands on with the building of the new squash courts.
Michael’s career as a building contractor, using ‘traditional building methods’ to erect executive style homes, spanned 21 years. He retired in 1986 to enjoy life at home in Westfield with Shirley, daughter Karen, son-in-law Barry and grandchildren Stacey, Ashley and Jessica. He also leaves three great-grandchildren – Aisha, Renae and Romario.
Karen said her dad was very much part of village life. “He joined clubs and societies, was a member of Westfield Bowling Club, recently heavily involved with the replacement of the club house, and Westfield Community Association.
“He hosted one of the bluebell walks for St Michael’s Hospice and many other events, including Open Gardens for the church and fundraising for the scouts.
“He was posthumously awarded the Community Rose Bowl for Service to the Community at the Parish Assembly.”
Three years ago Michael was diagnosed with prostrate cancer and bravely battled the disease. Karen said: “He coped with it very well but it spread to his bones and took over in March this year resulting in his death on April 27, aged 76.”
Karen says her dad lived a full life and will be missed by many. “He always loved this area and even though he enjoyed many holidays he always loved being back here in Westfield.
“He took the chances and opportunities when they were there jumped straight in and then thought about what to do afterwards.
“All who have spoken to the family say they will remember ‘his smile and his humming’.”