Long-serving pub landlord dies after long illness

John Egan
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A well-known pub landlord has died aged 70 after a long illness.

John Egan ran the Saddle Inn at Lea, Preston, the Running Pump at Catforth, and the Derby Arms at Treales during a 55-year career in the licensed trade.

Mr Egan died at his home in Valentines Meadow, Cottam, Preston, on March 26.

He had been unwell for four years, but carried on working to the end.

Mr Egan was born in Ireland and left home at 15 to start work in a hotel in Llandudno.

That was the start of his love affair with the hotel and licensed trade and in the next 55 years he ran a number of pubs both in England and Wales.

He spent many years at the Saddle before moving to the Running Pump and then the Derby Arms at Treales with his wife Susan.

Nine years ago the couple moved to Wales, where he took over the Wynnstay Arms in Ruabon, Wrexham.

They eventually moved back to Preston but Mr Egan stayed busy to the end. He continued to travel between his home and his other pubs in Cheadle and Bamford.

Mrs Egan said: “He was a fighter to the end. We knew he was a strong man, but he amazed everyone with how strong he was.

“He never really retired, he still had pubs and he never stopped. He loved the licensed trade and that’s all he did all his working life.”

During their tenure, the couple’s pubs were well regarded and award-wining.

Mr and Mrs Egan have four children and five grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held at St Andrew’s Church, Cottam, on Monday April 14 at 2pm.

Mrs Egans said: “I would like to thank everyone for all their cards and messages.

“It has been a great comfort to us.

“We are expecting a great turnout – they will be people travelling up from Wrexham, Cheadle and Bamford as well. He was a very popular man .”