Family pays their tributes to popular pub landlord

David Garrod. Photo: Submitted

David Garrod. Photo: Submitted - Credit: Submitted

A family have paid tribute one of Great Yarmouth’s well-known landlords.

David Garrod, 66, who lived in Ormesby, worked at and ran many bars and clubs during his lifetime.

He died suddenly on Tuesday, January 19, having just returned from a holiday in Gran Canaria with his wife of 15 years, Sue.

David was born in the Coltishall Nursing Home on September 14, 1949 and lived in Hainford with his parents, Paul and Doreen, and brothers John, 64, Stephen, 62, before they moved to Great Yarmouth in 1956.

His parents ran the butchers shop in Nelson Road and then, in 1959, bought the Furzedown Hotel on the seafront in North Drive. His youngest brother Paul was born in 1966.

David attended St George’s Infants and Greenacre schools leaving formal education at the age of 15 and starting his working life at his parents’ hotel.

He was married at 17 to his childhood sweetheart Jean, and they had a daughter Julie and two grandsons Jake and Luke.

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He was later employed at New Beach Hotel and the bars and cafes at the Pleasure Beach. He went on to be the landlord of the St Johns Head, Earl of Beaconsfield and the Admiral Seymour which he ran with daughter Julie.

In November 2000, David married Sue, and he went on to manage the Garibaldi nightclub in Yarmouth.

Former employees of David have been in contact with his family to pay their own tributes saying say he was “the best boss they ever had.”

After the death of his father in 2005, David’s family said he took on the father figure role.

David and Sue bought Cookies Kitchen which he ran, until he joined Sue and her brothers in the Robinson family business, The Hamburger, on Regent Road.

He retired in 2013 and devoted his life to his family.

David’s mother, Doreen, 88, said: “He always had time for his family. He would never leave home without giving me a kiss and saying ‘See you tomorrow Mum, ring me if you need me’. He would drop anything for his family. He is a wonderful man who cannot be replaced.”

David’s brother Paul, 49, said: “He was a great brother to me, John and Stephen.”

In later life, David travelled around Australia, New Zealand, Spain and the UK in a campervan with his wife Sue. He told people all he needed on his trips were Sue, his dogs and a fishing rod.

Sue, David’s wife, said “He was a fantastic husband and a devoted Dad to his daughter Julie and also Sue’s daughters Luchia and Rebecca, and their six grandchildren Jake, Luke, Sofia, Kasey, Lydia and Brody.

The funeral is on Tuesday, February 2 at 1.20pm at Gorleston Crematorium. Family flowers only and donations to Caister Lifeboat.