Tributes paid to restauranteur

Trevor Savage
Trevor Savage

Tributes have been paid to a much-loved Scarborough restaurateur who has died aged 78.

Trevor Savage is known by many as one half of the team behind Jools Restaurant in North Marine Road, which he ran with his partner Stein Kennewell.

They ran the well-respected establishment until four years ago, when Stein sadly passed away.

Trevor, who is originally from Hull, started his career in the fashion industry, winning an award for window dressing after leaving school.

He worked for Rowntrees department store in York and also for Debenhams, going on to meet top designers such as Mary Quant and Pierre Cardin.

When Trevor later developed an interest in catering, he and Stein decided to buy a coffee shop in York.

They had the business for 10 years and bought Jools in 1982, building it up into a popular and successful restaurant.

Trevor’s sister, Brenda Binns, of York, said: “They were extremely proud of the restaurant.

“They had New Year’s Eve parties which were a bit of a legend in Scarborough.”

Trevor, who also had two brothers, Raymond and Eric, was also keen on amateur dramatics in his youth.

Brenda said: “When we lived in York he took leading parts in musical productions at the Theatre Royal, including Brigadoon and Carousel.

“He was with the Light Opera Company in York and had a fine singing voice.”

She added that her brother was also keen on foreign travel and enjoyed many happy holidays with Stein and their friends, Ken and Irene Broadbent, in Cyprus and Tenerife.

Paying tribute, she said: “Trevor was very outgoing and gregarious - they were both full of fun.

“He enjoyed his work and made it fun for everyone else. I think that’s how he’ll be remembered.”

Irene Broadbent said: “He was just a nice person, very kind, and would never say anything wrong about anybody. He will be missed.” The funeral is tomorrow at Woodlands Crematorium at 2pm.