A SON has paid tribute to his popular pub landlord dad who has passed away suddenly from heart failure at the age of 68.
Frank Brown had been pulling pints behind the bar of The Cross Keys pub, in Burton Road, Tutbury, for over 20 years.
Before that Mr Brown had spent 25 years in the fire service and was a keen rugby player, turning out for Burton Rugby Club for many years.
His son Daniel, 26, told the Mail that running the pub had suited his dad’s personality.
He said: “He opened up seven days a week and was always putting parties on for people who had birthdays, or engagements or anniversaries.
“We have a lot of locals and they keep coming in for the friendly atmosphere.
“My dad was very friendly – anybody new who came into the pub he would make them feel welcome and try and make them laugh.
“He also gave very good speeches – he could always come up with a good, long speech when he needed to.”
Daniel said he and sister Rachel Hampson and mum Wendy Brown are to keep the pub going as a family-run business.
However, he is still serving in the army with the Royal Engineers and has previously toured Afghanistan.
Daniel said: “I am staying in the army a bit longer – probably a couple of years.
“We had been talking about it together. Dad was very proud and put photo’s up of me in the army around the pub.”
Mr Brown’s association with Burton Rugby Club, where he was still a club sponsor, was also marked with a message of condolence on the Peel Croft club’s website.
They said: “We are sad to hear the news of the death of club sponsor Frank Brown.
“Frank was match secretary for Burton RFC in the 1980s and early 1990s and he also ran touch for the 1st XV.
“Our thoughts are with his family at this very sad time.”
Frank’s funeral takes place on Friday at 10.30am at Bretby Crematorium.