READERS have paid tribute to a devoted family man who was committed to honouring his late granddaughter’s legacy.

Lifetime shipyard worker and dedicated grandad Ian Pennington has died from Covid pneumonia after a ten-year cancer battle, at the age of 75.

Mr Pennington leaves behind his wife of nearly 60 years Pauline, two children Vicky and Gary, four grandchildren Lauren, the late Alice, Rhys and Milly and great-grandson Rowan.

The Barrovian Mr Pennington became a committed supporter of Alice’s Escapes, the charity set up by his granddaughter Alice Pyne before her tragic death from terminal cancer in 2013.

Now run by her family, the charity provides bereavement breaks for those who have lost a child of any age and family escapes for seriously and terminally ill children.

Nick Knibbs said: “RIP Penno a great boss.”

Faye Brockbank said: “So much love to you all. Sleep peacefully now, my lovely Uncle Ian.”

Marie Sullivan said: “Ian was a wonderful man, not only to his family but everyone who knew him. He will be missed by so many.”

Michael Graham said: “RIP Penno, so sorry to hear.”

Muriel Short said: “Very sad news. Our thoughts are with Pauline, Vicky and Gary.”

Julie Sanders said: “I only met him a couple of times when we were walking our dogs, he was proud of the legacy that Alice left, a very nice man.”

Margaret Irvine said: “So sorry to hear this Love to Pauline not seen her for years x RIP.”

Andy Bircher said: “RIP Penno great guy.”

Joanne Robinson said: “So sorry to hear. Thinking of Ian and his lovely family at this sad time xx”

Tony A Smyth said: “So sad to hear that Ian.. a good friend has passed away... he not only taught me how to become a rugby player, he also taught me the finer arts of being a Shipwright.

“RIP my friend.... and my condolences to his family.”