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.