Entrepreneur dies at the age of 67

Obit - Roy Cunningham
Obit - Roy Cunningham
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A ‘LOVEABLE’ local businessman known for his infectious laugh has died.

Roy Cunningham, known affectionately as ‘Pops’ recently passed away aged 67.

Roy, who has lived in Morecambe and Lancaster, worked as a head chef at the Clarendon Hotel in Morecambe and furthered his career in the Channel Islands as a chef/manager for two years.

He came back to Morecambe and opened Le Gouffre Bistro (the first French restaurant) on Springfield Street in 1976.

In the 1980s, entrepreneur Roy created a Bierkeller in cellars at Springfield Street which was very successful and has many fond memories for a lot of people. Roy said at the time: “It’ll save people going to Germany!”

Roy was also a Conservative city councillor for Alexandra ward between 1987 and 1989 and a former director of Morecambe FC. Friend Steve Barker said: “Roy was a really unique loveable character who loved a drink or two.

“He had an infectious laugh which made people smile even on a bad day.

“I knew Roy in his prime and he was a wonderful man who would do anything for anyone.

“In his local, The Bobbin in Lancaster, there will be a plaque in memory of Roy.

“Roy will be missed but not forgotten.”

A memorial plaque to Roy summed up his family’s feelings saying: “To the world you were someone. To someone you are the world.”

He leaves behind a wife, three children, three grandchildren, three brothers David, Raymond and Ronald, late brothers Derek and Keith and late sister Pamela and many loved friends.