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Jay Hann

PUBLISHED: 21:36 13 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:00 22 October 2010

The art and shop worlds at Cromer are mourning the death of local gallery owner Jay Hann.

The 54-year-old former photographer, art director and marketing man ran the Garden House shop and gallery with wife Hilary for two and a half years.

The art and shop worlds at Cromer are mourning the death of local gallery owner Jay Hann.

The 54-year-old former photographer, art director and marketing man ran the Garden House shop and gallery with wife Hilary for two and a half years.

He had been suffering from the rare condition Wegener's granulomatosis which destroys the immune system and had affected his voice.

Mr Hann had been undergoing chemotherapy for a year, but died suddenly in hospital from lymphoma which arose as a complication.

His widow said their move to Cromer from London five years ago had been the “happiest times of our life”.

London-born Mr Hann went to art college in East Ham before getting his first job as a commercial photographer's assistant, then moved into graphic design. He became art director in marketing and advertising agencies in London - dealing with major campaigns such as launches of new cars and drinks brands.

He met college fashion lecturer Hilary in 1973 and married 11 years later in a chapel at High Kelling near Holt. They have three children, Nick, 19, who is hoping to go to art school, and James and Cecily, 15 and 13, who are at Cromer High School.

Mr Hann went freelance when they moved to north Norfolk, where his wife has family connections. In his spare time he enjoyed sailing with friends from Morston.

They had just got the gallery as they wanted it, and it would continue, said Mrs Hann, who said her husband worked there until three weeks before his death, and never complained about his condition.

A humanist funeral service was held at St Faith's Crematorium on Tuesday.


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