Tributes paid to former Scunthorpe and Scawby licensee Stuart Birkenshaw
A FAMILY has paid tribute to a man who served the licensing trade of North Lincolnshire.
Stuart Birkenshaw died of pancreatic cancer at Lindsey Lodge Hospice, Scunthorpe, aged 76 on December 19, having being diagnosed with the disease in June.
Mr Birkenshaw managed The Crosby Public House between 1980 and 1985.
He then went onto The Horse And Cart at Scawby Brook, where he worked between 1985 and 1990.
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Having left the licensing trade, Mr Birkenshaw went on to take up a role as caretaker of Brigg Primary School.
He moved to Ancholme Gardens, Brigg, in 2009, where he later became chairman of the residents' association.
Shona Harris, Mr Birkenshaw's daughter, said he was a well-liked man who will be missed very much.
She said: "My dad was a quiet man, well liked who had lots of friends as he was a regular participant at numerous local line dancing clubs.
"He was a great father to me and my two brothers, Iain and Andrew.
"I have got too many fond memories to list and this is why he is going to be missed so very much."
Mrs Harris described Mr Birkenshaw's main passions in life as a supporter of Leeds United Football Club and later in life, line dancing, something of which he was very proud – and he became known as "The Eagle" for his line dancing prowess.
Born on May 10, 1936 in Leeds, he was the middle of three brothers.
At school he was a keen sportsman, representing his school at athletics and was also a member of the drama society.
Between 1953 and 1956 he studied Breadmaking and Flour Confectionery at Leeds Technology College.
In 1956 he joined the Royal Air Force as a chef.
He was based near Aberdeen and served in Cyprus.
His family say Mr Birkenshaw enjoyed his time in the RAF, before leaving in 1959. He went on to work as a chef for British Rail before opening a B&B near Leeds in 1962.
In 1969 they moved to Nottingham and over the next 25 years he worked in the licenced trade.
The family moved more than eight times around England and Wales managing pubs, before residing in North Lincolnshire in 1980.
Mr Birkenshaw leaves behind three children and seven grandchildren.
His funeral took place on Monday, December 31 at Woodlands Crematorium, Scunthorpe.
Donations will be given to Lindsey Lodge Hospice.