Man who died in shop was loved by everybody

Alan Mason.
Alan Mason.

Tributes have been paid to a much-loved grandfather who died after collapsing in a Morecambe newsagent.

Alan Mason suffered a massive heart attack in Pedder Street News in the town centre, a shop he visited every day for his paper.

Staff, customers and ambulance crew tried to revive Alan, 75, but he was later pronounced dead.

Shocked friends and relatives described him as “a lovely man”.

Alan was born in Yorkshire and moved to Morecambe as a boy. He worked as a railway fitter on steam engines and later worked at Heysham Power Stations.

Alan was a huge Manchester United and cricket fan, and was well known in The Coast, the Palatine and New Inn pubs in Morecambe.

He lived on Morecambe Street next to The Lodge cafe.

His landlady and friend, Cath Wood, who runs The Lodge, said: “You would never meet a nicer person and he was the best tenant you could wish for. Everybody loved him.

“He would stand outside the cafe with a cup of tea and a cigarette, and every day he would go and get his paper, read it, do his crossword and give it to us.

“He was very intelligent. I still have the crossword he did the day he died. He loved animals and used to take our dogs for walks. He’s been like a grandad to the kids.”

Jack Holmes, shop assistant at Pedder Street News who helped try to save Alan’s life, said: “He’s been coming in every single day for about eight years to pick up his paper.

“He was a very nice man, very friendly and a good laugh to talk to.”

Alan is survived by his two daughters, Jane and Julie, grandchildren Lucas and Ralph, and sisters Audrey and Dawn. His funeral will be held next Monday, June 16, at 2pm at The Crematorium.

Jane said: “He was a lovely man who will be missed by his family.”

She thanked the staff at Pedder Street News and everyone else who tried to save her dad.