FAMILY always came first for pub landlord Tony Durant.
He worked for more than three years in the pub trade and only left the Shoulder of Mutton in Slaithwaite due to his wife, Lorna’s, ill health.
A well-respected figure with a great sense of humour he had been landlord there since February 2000 and prior to that was landlord of the Bridge Inn at Silsden, Keighley, from September 1999.
Born in Thorne, near Doncaster, in 1956, Tony attended Thorne Senior Boys School leaving to become a coal miner, which he did until September 1999.
After leaving the pub, the couple moved to Lockbridge Way, Milnsbridge.
Tony was a keen gardener and pigeon fancier and lived life to the full, tending his allotments where he grew vegetables in Lockwood.
He was a devoted husband to Lorna, a devoted father, grandfather, brother and uncle.
Full of laughter, he made a joke of everything and made everyone laugh.