Tributes have been pouring in for a popular pub landlord who has died at the age of 71.
Dave Tucker, who ran The Three Willows, in Birchanger, died after a two-year battle with cancer. He was still welcoming customers into the pub just two weeks before he passed away.
His son Stephen, who has been running the pub with his father for the past 12 years, said: “He was very hard working, always rushing about doing jobs, but he always had time for people; he loved people. He lived for people, good friends and the atmosphere of the pub.
“He made people feel so welcome; he has touched so many lives.”
Mr Tucker was well known in the area and was known by the nickname of Wizz. He was born and grew up in Stansted, attending the village schools.
He took over the running of the Birchanger Working Men’s and Social Club in 1971 with his wife Maureen. The couple then took over the Brewery Tap in Pelham in 1983.
Mr Tucker was a train enthusiast and after leaving school at 16, he worked as a cleaner and then a fireman on the steam trains between Bishop’s Stortford and London Liverpool Street. He was also once a volunteer fireman on the North Norfolk Railway heritage steam Poppy Line.
He is survived by his wife, two sons, and four grandchildren, Hannah, Sophie, Richard and Zoe.
Customers wanting to pay tribute to the landlord were asked to make them to Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie.