The funeral cortege for Phil Tomblin will tomorrow (Friday) pause briefly outside The Boat pub in Melton where he was landlord for 22 years.
A service for Mr Tomblin, who died aged 78 on June 7, will be held at St Mary’s Church in the town at 2pm followed by cremation at Loughborough.
His coffin will be decorated in a scene from Lord’s cricket ground to illustrate his love for the sport as both a player and spectator.
Mr Tomblin is best known in Melton for keeping The Boat, in Burton Street, between 1980 and 2002, with his wife Pat, who died nine years ago.
He lived latterly with his step-daughter Jane Lee in Laycock Avenue in the town after suffering ill health since being diagnosed with cancer and then suffering a stroke two years ago.
She said: “He was a quite a quiet man but he was a lovely man. We had a lovely relationship and he had lots of friends who he saw regularly even after his illnesses.”
Born in Old Dalby, Mr Tomblin did his National Service in the RAF after leaving school. He took an apprenticeship as a motor mechanic in Leicester Street following his time in the services.
After a brief spell of work at Petfoods, he founded a car body repair company in 1965 and worked in that until taking over at the pub.
Mr Tomblin had two sons with his first wife, Beryl, Keith and Tim, and step-children Jane and David with Pat.
One of the big loves of his life was cricket. He played for Egerton Park, Saxby and Stapleford and was regarded in the local game as a good all-rounder.
His step-daughter Jane said: “He loved his cricket and it was him who picked the Lord’s cricket pitch design on his coffin.
“He used to meet up for lunch with all his cricket friends on the last Wednesday of every month.
“Apparently they visited 36 pubs in all that time and they weren’t kicked out of any of them.”
Aside from cricket, he also had a passion for motorcycles and was excited when he bought a BSA 250 machine when he was 75.
Family flowers only are requested at the funeral, where the arrangements are being made by Shane Mousley and Son funeral directors, and donations in lieu should be made towards either St Mary’s Church or the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance.