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Businessman Bill Adler was a real Jack of all trades.

Byline: By Gerry Holt South Wales Echo

There are few people who can be called a Jack of all trades - but Bill Adler was one of them.

In his time, he was a painter and decorator, cafe owner, and even a police officer.

Born in Merthyr Tydfil on February 23, 1930, he attended Abermorlais Junior School and later the county grammar school.

On leaving school at the age of 15, he became an apprentice painter and decorator with the council.

In 1952, he joined the Merthyr Borough Police Force.

Just before he joined the police, he married Maisie and the couple later had four children, Graham, Steven, David and Jonathan.

He enjoyed being a policeman but soon got itchy feet and in 1958 he set up his Adler's Cafe, a transport cafe at the gateway to Merthyr.

It opened on December 21, 1959, and he went into business with his mother Florence Adler and brother-in-law Bryn Powell.

He loved having his own cafe and meeting other people for the 15 years he spent running it. He later expanded his business to include two market cafes.

In 1976, he moved to Bournemouth and bought the Pines Hotel.

Just three years later his wife passed away after suffering a brain tumour.

He then gave up the hotel and went into buying and selling property.

He later married Sally, with whom he spent 20 happy years, until his death.

His sister Christine Powell, 69, said: "He did lots of different things - he was never content with doing just one thing.

"He was very intelligent. He knew a little bit about most things.

"He was lovely and he was my brother and I loved him."

Mr Adler died on May 30.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Jun 19, 2007
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