Death of popular pub landlord Ronnie

RESPECTED: Ronnie Hoole (S)

RESPECTED: Ronnie Hoole (S)

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A LONG-SERVING publican, has died at the age of 75

Mr Ronnie Hoole, of Tarleton Avenue, Burnley, retired as landlord of the Woodman Inn, Burnley, in 1993 after 17 years.

The Clarets fan previously worked at the Derby Arms, in Colne, and the former Beehive pub in Healey Wood.

He leaves wife Brenda, children Lorraine, David and Denise, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren and a sister, Dorothy.

Brenda said: “Ronnie was very popular. He was a gregarious man who loved to meet people, and loved his job. Being a landlord was the perfect job for him.

“We used to spend winters in Tenerife, and we enjoyed a good, long retirement. He also enjoyed working on his allotment, supporting the Clarets, and being with his family.”

Padiham-born Mr Hoole was a former head boy at St Leonard’s, worked at Mullard’s before entering the pub trade, and did his National Service in Germany. He was president of the Licensed Victuallers Association in Burnley and Pendle.

Brenda added: “Ronnie was very young at heart. He also enjoyed singing. People young and old loved him. He wouldn’t tolerate bad behaviour in his pubs, though. He was strict but fair.”

Mr Hoole’s funeral will take place at Burnley Crematorium at 10-40 a.m. on Tuesday.