Tributes to Truro businessman who has died following 20 year battle with Parkinson’s disease.
The co-founder of a former Truro home furnishings store has died following a 20 year battle with Parkinson’s disease.
Clinton Firth, 66, passed away peacefully at his home in Carnon Downs last Thursday. (AUG 8)
Casa fina Interiors and Casa Fina Kitchens was founded by Clinton and Lynn Firth in 1979. The store on River Street was renowned for bringing new designs and classic interiors to the Southwest for more than 30 years.
The shop, one of the largest stores in Truro, closed its doors for the last time in 2010 and is now occupied by White Stuff.
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Clinton became a prominent member of the Truro Chamber of Commerce during the early eighties and was the driving force behind several local projects including the Christmas lights and the Hall for Cornwall.
Before moving to Cornwall he held the position of the creative director of several multi national advertising agencies; his talents bringing to life many household names such as Bertie Bassett, The Johnson's baby,The Midland Bank and Tonka Toys.
His widow and family are welcoming friends, staff, and former customers and all business acquaintances to his funeral at Truro Cathedral on the September 2 at 2pm.
“Clinton was a maverick with ideas ahead of his time and a total one off,” said Lynn.
“He was passionate, flamboyant and a truly brilliant man, the likes of which only come along once in a lifetime. The funeral will be a tribute to his life, work and passions and all we ask, is that it is a colourful occasion that Clinton would be proud of.”
As a tribute to his late father, Clinton’s son, Tim, has set himself a 20,000 mile challenge to drive from Cornwall to China and back.
The Saffron Run adventure, in which he aims to raise £5,000 for Parkinson’s UK, will take four months and see him drive through many different climates, terrain and cultures.
The planned route starting in Cornwall, will go through Europe and across the Caspian Sea, into Kazakhstan, across Mongolia and then into China.
After this they will then battle the length of Russia until they hit Europe and back into England.
Anyone attending the funeral is invited to support the challenge via: www.justgiving.com/thesaffronrun