A true gentleman: Arthur Studt obituary

27/03/2013

Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of Arthur Studt, who owned and ran the Swindon Family Leisure Centre in Fleet Street for many years.

Mr Studt, who was 92 when he died, owned and ran the combined amusement arcade and snooker room, which was one of the town’s best known leisure landmarks until he retired at 60.

At his funeral  last Thursday, the coffin was preceded by the Swindon Welsh Choir, reflecting Pontypridd-born Mr Studt’s heritage. His niece, Diana Green, told local papers: “He was always a kind and loving person. He was always polite, he never got upset with anybody, he was a calm person and he was a loving person.”

Mr Studt, a member of the Studt dynasty of showmen, was born in 1920 and had four sisters and three brothers. His niece said: “He travelled with his parents and brothers and sisters to many parts of the country.”

It was during these travels that he met Queenie Edwards from the famous Swindon family of showmen. The couple were to be married for 64 years, and Queenie survives him. The couple settled down near Swindon. They had no children but loved their nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews, and were loved in return.

Diana added: “Queenie and Arthur travelled all over the country with a children’s ride and a bingo stall. He settled down in Swindon with the Swindon Family Leisure Centre in Fleet Street. That was an amusement arcade, and they also had a snooker room above it.”

In his business career and as a Rotarian and Freemason, Mr Studt was a respected man who helped to raise money for many local good causes over the years. In his spare time he was an avid golfer and a member of many clubs.

Michael Green from United Distributing Company said, “I knew Arthur and Queenie very well back in the 70 and 80’s  when they had the arcade and Snooker Club in Swindon.

“They both worked very hard, and had an excellent business well run, and enjoyed an excellent relationship with the community. The authorities had every respect for the way they conducted their business affairs. Business dealings were always straightforward and truthful

“Arthur was a true gentleman and Queenie a perfect lady. They were well respected by the industry, and furthermore held in the highest esteem by the Showman’s guild.”

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