Heartbroken family of St John’s Market legend will continue legacy

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The family of much-loved trader Ken Kayani vowed his legacy will continue as they spoke of their heartbreak at his loss.

Ken lost his fight with coronavirus just weeks after losing his beloved wife Aziza to the virus.

Yesterday his daughters visited his Power Pack stall at St John’s Market, to lay flowers in his memory.

The 73-year-old had run his business at the market for the last 40 years, commuting each day from his family home in Manchester.

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His eldest daughter, Siaqa, said: “It’s devastating. To lose mum was bad enough, but then to lose dad was just a double tragedy.”

Despite living in Manchester, Ken was never tempted to move his business closer to home.

Siaqa continued: “When he first came to Liverpool, he made so many friends and so many connections with people, that kept him here.

“The shop was our second home, we will always associate Christmas with Liverpool.”

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As hard as he worked to make his business a success, Ken was also a proud family man who doted on his children and grandchildren.

Ken and Aziza, 72, had been together for 53 years, and had five daughters Siaqa, 43, Sam, 42, Smiara, 39, Afshan, 37 and Amber 35, and 12 grandchildren – five girls, and seven boys.

Sam continued: “Dad was very loving – he loved his daughters, there was no doubt about that. Even the grandkids, the girls were the favourite, he tried to make the boys like him, tough love with the boys, but with the girls he was so soft, they had him wrapped round their little fingers.

“Mum was the love, dad gave the support – that’s probably the best way to sum them up.”

The family lost their mum on April 4, and she was buried the same day. Ken died on April 30, and was laid to rest on May 1, his wife’s birthday.

Siaqa said: “Dad was a clever man, he had things in place so his daughters would never have to worry about the funeral – everything was taken care of, for him and mum.

Ken's family left a tribute to their parents, Ken and Aziza Kayani outside Ken's Power Pack stall in St John's Market

“He looked after us right to the very end.

“Dad was buried on a Friday, which is a blessed day in the Islamic culture, Friday is a day of prayer, and it’s Ramadan as well, so we believe it is very, very blessed.

“The only thing that gives us a bit of peace is that they’ve been laid to rest next to each other – they were a match made in heaven.”

The family are now determined that Ken’s legacy will live on through his business.

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Siaqa explained: “After lockdown has lifted we want to meet everybody, all his customers, all his friends. One of my sisters spends a lot of time with him here, and does a lot of work with him.

“So the plan is that his legacy will continue, and the business will continue to run just like dad ran it.”

Amber continued: “Dad always said the shops would not be closed for anything, we’ve had deaths in the family, he would never close his shop.

“He was very loyal, right up until lockdown, he worked. He once said in an interview with the ECHO that he would be here for as long as his health allowed, and that’s exactly what he did.”