Tributes to tragic DJ who ‘everyone loved’

Steve Cubitt with daughter Sophie
Steve Cubitt with daughter Sophie
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Tributes were today paid to a popular publican, DJ and father-of-one has died aged 41 while waiting for a liver transplant.

Stevie Cubitt, known as Stevie Q, was well-known across the Fylde coast’s pub and club scene.

Mr Cubitt had been awaiting a liver transplant when he passed away, surrounded by his family.

His heartbroken mother Nina today described him as a son who “everybody loved”.

She said: “He was very popular, very happy and everybody loved him.

“He loved his music.

“He’d listen to absolutely anything but he used to play the old fashioned music for me and modern stuff for himself.”

Mr Cubitt was born in Blackpool and raised on Abbey Road, South Shore.

He attended nearby Roseacre Primary School and Highfield High School before starting work in the hotel trade.

He worked at various hotels and pubs across the Fylde coast - including the St Ives and Dalmeny Hotels, in St Annes; the Saddle Inn, on Whitegate Drive; The Victory, on Caunce Street; and the Viking Hotel, on the Promenade.

Mrs Cubitt, 68, said: “He tried every aspect of that trade but he liked the entertainment part the best.

“He was a traditional cellarman who knew the ins and outs of all the different beers.”

In his later life Mr Cubitt also took to playing records by DJing at various establishments.

Messages of condolence have poured in from those who knew him.

Mrs Cubitt added: “They’ve all been wonderful.

“We’ve been inundated with condolences, cards and everything.”

Mr Cubitt died last Saturday at St James Hospital, in Leeds, a specialist centre for liver-related illnesses.

He is survived by Nina; father Harry, 70; brothers Scott, 43, and Ross, 36; and 16-year-old daughter Sophie.

His funeral will take place at noon on Wednesday at Lytham Park Crematorium.

A lifelong fan of Tottenham Hotspur FC, Mr Cubitt’s coffin will be draped in scarves and other football memorabilia.