Tributes to landlord who served Fylde

Tributes have been paid to  former landlord Sydney Blofeld, 81. He is pictured with his wife Pauline.
Tributes have been paid to former landlord Sydney Blofeld, 81. He is pictured with his wife Pauline.
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A popular pub landlord described as “a gentleman who would help anybody” has died aged 81.

Tributes were today paid to Sydney Blofeld, from Thornton, who ran several pubs across the Fylde coast during a 15 year stint in the trade.

Today his widow Pauline paid tribute to her husband, a great-grandfather of two.

Mrs Blofeld, 80, of Keeper’s Hey, Thornton, said: “He treated anybody as special and did anything for anyone.

“It was a terrible shock when he died but I’m learning to live with it.

“He was a lovely man.”

Mr Blofeld ran The Derby Arms, in Kirkham, in the early 1970s, followed by The Royal Oak, in Poulton, and was later publican at The Castle Gardens, Carleton, from 1981 to 1986.

He also spent a time running The Sir Tom Finney pub, in Penwortham, near Preston.

Mr Blofeld was born in Blackpool and began his working life as a butcher’s boy in the resort aged 14.

During his teenage years he first met Pauline in the Tower Ballroom and he would frequently meet her after school on his butcher boy’s bike.

The two married in 1953, have since celebrated their diamond wedding and had one daughter, Edwina, now 59.

Mr Blofeld, a keen angler and travel enthusiast, had recently suffered two heart attacks after first being admitted to hospital in April with pneumonia. He died peacefully at home on Friday.

Mrs Blofeld said: “The only thing that disappointed him in his life was he never went to the top of Blackpool Tower.”

Grandfather’s funeral is set to be held

Besides his wife and daughter, he is also survived by grandsons Christopher, 31, and Oliver, 26, Christopher’s partner Laura and Oliver’s wife Anneka.

He also leaves behind three-year-old great-granddaughter Lily-Rose and great-grandson Alfie, eight months.

Mr Blofeld’s funeral is set to take place at Carleton Crematorium on Thursday August 22 from 11.30am.

All are welcome to attend.

For flowers and other enquiries call JT Byrne funeral directors on (01253) 863022.

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