Popular city centre pub landlord dies from coronavirus

The landlady of a city centre pub has paid tribute to her husband following his death from coronavirus.

Dave Burleigh, who was a director of The Beehive pub, died in the Royal Hospital on April 2. He was 69.

His wife Frances Burleigh told the ECHO how her husband was admitted to hospital after displaying flu like symptoms.

He died around a week later.

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Frances was not allowed to visit her husband at The Royal but three days before he passed away, she was invited by doctors to say goodbye to to him.

Frances said: "They asked me to go in on the Monday, I had to put on the protective clothing and then I went in to say goodbye to my husband.

"Dave managed to speak to me but soon began to fade in and out. But he knew I was there. "

Well known Liverpool man Dave Burleigh died from coronavirus aged 69

On April 2 Dave phoned Frances to ask for some strawberries.

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She said: "He phoned me in the morning and asked for some toothpaste and strawberries. I dropped them off at the hospital.

"Nurses told me that he had some strawberries, and then passed away."

Frances told the ECHO how she met Dave through her work as a barmaid in Liverpool city centre. The couple later married and took over the Beehive pub on Paradise Street over 15 years ago.

She said that she ran the pub but Dave already had a full-time job at a pharmaceutical company in Speke until he retired several years ago.

Well known Liverpool man Dave Burleigh died from coronavirus aged 69

Frances explained how Dave, an Everton fan originally from the Toxteth area, was a well-known figure in Liverpool city centre.

She said: "Dave drank in the Beehive, The Globe, the Caernarfon Castle and White Star. He always started off with a pint of Strongbow and then moved on vodka and bitter lemon.

"He would go form pub to pub and was very well known. I would describe him as a genial presence – always at the bar chatting to someone.

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"He was a great cook and used to bring food into the staff at the pubs he visited. He was famous for his soup.

"Dave was very well known in the city centre, and I have been inundated with messages from customers and other Liverpool landlords."

Well known Liverpool man Dave Burleigh died from coronavirus aged 69

Frances said that Dave was a selfless person who would do anything for anyone.

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She said: "At work he was a member of a charity committee that took pensioners to Blackpool every year – he loved it. I have yet to meet someone with a bad word to say about Dave."

She spoke about her husband's final days.

Frances said: "Saying goodbye was so hard but I just want to thank the doctors and nurses who gave Dave every chance to recover. They are amazing people and I will forever be grateful."