Tributes to former landlord who was once on Port Vale’s books
TRIBUTES have been paid to a keen footballer and publican who friends and relatives say was always ‘the life and soul of the party’.
Peter Brailsford, from Eaves Lane, Bucknall, died aged 72 following a battle with prostate cancer and dementia.
The father-of-two was well known through his commitment to local football and the pub trade.
Meir-born Peter was on Port Vale’s books during the late 1950s and early 1960s before playing amateur football.
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He went on to run the Highway Man pub, near Cheadle, before taking on Hanley venues The Botteslow Arms and The Rising Sun.
Widow Susan, aged 58, who met Peter in 1975, said: “I must have about 80 condolence cards in our house. He was such a popular man.”
Peter, who was also a grandfather-of-three, was diagnosed with cancer three years ago. Doctors also discovered he was suffering from dementia.
But despite his health problems, the former market trader continued to enjoy going on holiday with his wife.
Susan, who worked as a cashier for Royal Doulton, said: “We were inseparable and went everywhere together.”
Their last holiday lasted just a few days after the couple flew out to Tunisia in September.
She said: “He really wanted to go on holiday but when we were out there his dementia became worse and we had to come home.”
Peter, whose two daughters Lisa Whilock and Charlotte Brailsford run The Vogue hairdressers, in Cheadle, passed away at the Harplands Hospital on November 3.
Susan said: “He was one of these people who didn’t think of himself as funny, but always made people laugh. He was always so placid about everything.”
A trained painter and decorator, Peter also travelled the world decorating stands at various conventions and exhibitions. But football remained his real love and he ran a number of pub teams.
Roy Proctor, aged 71, from Blurton, who was best man at Peter’s wedding, said: “We ran the Beehive pub team together and we went from the bottom league to winning the Premier Division.
“He will be sorely missed and I can’t believe he has gone. He was a great chap.”
Friend Peter Wyatt, aged 74, from Werrington, added: “He was a laugh a minute and was always the life and soul of the party. He would have a go at anything.”
Peter’s funeral will be held at Carmountside Crematorium on Tuesday, November 20, from noon.
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