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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

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Death of ‘indestructible’ Barrow pub landlord stuns community

FAMILY and friends of a popular Barrow pub landlord have paid tribute to “the nicest man anyone could ever meet”.

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David Healey, well known as Dai, died at his home above Healeys pub in Barrow yesterday morning.

Mr Healey, 73, had been experiencing breathing difficulties after breaking a rib in a fall at his home in Hindpool Road on Wednesday.

He had been suffering from a lung disease for several years.

His wife Susan, who ran the pub with him for more than 30 years, said: “He was very popular, he was just full of life and just had something about him that people liked. There’s been a lot of happy times in here. We got married after we came in here and my children were born here. There has been so many good times.”

A dedicated family man, Mr Healey is survived by six children, ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Mrs Healey said: “He loved the kids, he absolutely loved them. He would have done anything for them. Everyone is just devastated.”

After running the Devonshire pub in Hindpool Road for six years, Mr and Mrs Healey bought the premises in 1989 and renamed it Fatties.

The name was later changed to Healeys, with son Adam helping with the day-to-day running.

Over the years, the pub became a popular venue for local bands.

Mrs Healey said: “He loved his music. He always wished he could have played an instrument or been a singer.”

Pub regular and close family friend Mike Middleton, 49, said: “It’s like I’ve lost my dad, we were that close. I can’t believe it, I thought he would be here forever. To me he was indestructible, he was Dai Healey.

“My kids were brought up with his family, they are absolutely devastated, they called him grandad.

“He was the nicest person anyone could ever meet. He wasn’t just the landlord of the local pub he was a friend to a lot of people and he always gave people the benefit of the doubt.

“If you were feeling a bit down or if you were skint he always did you right, he was as down to earth as anyone I have ever met.

“It’s the end of an era now he’s gone.”

Mrs Healey said: “The phone has never stopped all morning. There is going to be a lot of people upset because he had a lot of friends. I’d like to thank everyone for being so kind and understanding.”

Have your say

One True legend a lovely Guy gone but never forgotten. Thoughts are with The Healeys family x

Posted by X on 30 May 2014 at 14:12

spend the night of our wedding partying in fattys 23 years ago all dai did was complain cos i never took him any wedding cake lol RIP to a great man my thoughts to his family xx

Posted by tracy on 29 May 2014 at 01:45

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