Peter Weston, CMM’s Lock Man, Has Died
PETER WESTON - CMM'S popular columnist The Lock Man - has died following a long illness, aged 73.
Peter passed away peacefully at his home in Sutton Coldfield early last month with his wife Eileen and daughters Alison, Lucy and Susan by his side.
He was a devoted husband, father to Alison, Lucy and Susan and grandfather leaving behind his adored grandchildren, Matthew, Ted, Tom and Emilia.
Peter was born in Birmingham in October 1943. The first child of three, he was an exceptionally clever child and had a thirst for knowledge from an early age. He loved science and astronomy and predicted space travel and the moon landings way before it became a reality – his family thought he was crazy!
As a lad, he raided the local library for books and began his interest in science fiction, which was a huge part of his life. He was well-known in the science fiction world, publishing Fanzines and columns from an early age and being instrumental in establishing the Birmingham Science Fiction group, and visiting conventions all over the world. He even wrote his autobiography in 2004 about his life in Science Fiction which was hugely popular and very amusing.
Peter had a range of professions and jobs in his early life. He began working for Wilmot Breedon in the early 1980s and it was here that his interest in the world of British classic cars was ignited.
Latterly, he established his business and also became The Lock Man, which was a role he thoroughly enjoyed. He relished the excitement of Autojumbles, both buying and selling and he rapidly became an authority on hardware for British classic cars. He loved rummaging amongst lost and forgotten bins of bits and bobs and it was always a thrill for him to find something rare which he could refurbish and sell on. A regular at events including Beaulieu, the NEC and the Stoneleigh Restoration Show, he made many friends and contacts from all over the world.
Meanwhile, Peter was a prominent member of his local Rotary group for over 20 years, he had a huge interest in the American Civil War a topic on which he gave talks, he was a keen gardener and became an authority on composting. Peter was also, his daughter Lucy told CMM proudly, a "hands-on grandad and thoroughly brilliant dad".
She added: "He travelled extensively and went to night school to improve his computer skills; the list is endless of his hobbies and interests. Peter had boundless energy and enthusiasm for life. He lived every day to the full and made every moment count."
Peter began writing his column in CMM in 2009 which quickly became very popular and received a great deal of interest from readers. This was something he enjoyed greatly and he had a vast array of amusing anecdotes from over 30 years in the business upon which to draw. He also self-published his book 'On Virtually Every British Car' in 2014 which pieced together many of his CMM columns expanded with tales from the world of classic cars.
Peter enjoyed writing immensely and was a thorough author and careful editor of his own work. Even towards the end of his life, Peter found the energy to write his columns. and though gravely ill, he still managed to submit one final column, which CMM published in the January edition. Said CMM editor John Hodson: "He bore his illness with fortitude and great good humour; he will be greatly missed by all."