'Harry' Wiggans, a well-known Kendal businessman, has died at his home in Portugal following a short illness.

Harry, who was 81, was originally from the Preston area but moved to Kendal where he established the T.H. Wiggans Ironmongery company which he built up into a very successful business - and it still bears his name to this day.

Harry led a very interesting and active life and was part of the British Antarctic Survey team of 1968-70 where, along with other duties, he was put in charge of the huskies.

He even had a small section of the Shackleton Range of mountains named after him known as the "Wiggans Hills".

He was also an accomplished mountaineer and skier and spent many adventurous days and nights with his son Thomas in the mountains of Chamonix where he owned an apartment.

Harry was a member for many years at Kendal Golf Club but didn't take the game up until relatively late in life.

He won many competitions with his trusty little fade and became the club's captain in 2004.

He was a great supporter of the Junior Section and the T.H. Wiggans Trophy is still competed for today.

Harry eventually retired in 2008 and together with his wife Nina, went to live in the Algarve, where he had enjoyed many golfing holidays.

A private funeral service took place in Portugal and his ashes were scattered over the sea cliffs where he loved to walk near his home in Vale da Telha.

His family is hoping to organise a memorial in Kendal later in the year to celebrate Harry's life.

Harry was a very generous man, a devoted grandad to his grandson Michael, and with his ready wit and unique sense of humour, he will be greatly missed by his family and friends.