TRIBUTES have been paid to a proud Irishman and ‘warm-hearted’ pub landlord.
Fergus O’Brien, who was proprietor at The Adam and Eve in Uxbridge Road, Hayes, for 13 years, died on September 22 at Northwick Park Hospital, surrounded by family members, after a short illness.
He is survived by his wife, Rose, and their two sons, Conan, 25, and Anlon, 22.
Mr O’Brien was born in Drumeela, in County Leitrim.
He emigrated to Bristol when he was 16, and later moved to London, living in Cricklewood, Kilburn and Muswell Hill before settling with his family in Greenford after he and Rose were married in 1981.
Mr O’Brien took over at The Adam and Eve in 1999, and organised many charitable events there.
He had a keen interest in Irish music and theatre, and was a member of the London Leitrim Association.
Mrs O’Brien said: “The outpouring of grief at the memorial services in Greenford and Drumeela reflects the many qualities Fergus possessed.
“He will be remembered for his warm heart by his family and many friends.”
He also had a long association with the Heston Gaels Gaelic Football Club, where his son Conan is a player.
Mr O’Brien was musical director at the club, entertaining players and travelling fans during club tours.
Will Blackford, of Heston Gaels, said: “It was a job he took very seriously and one he did fantastically well and with great enthusiasm.
“The celebrations held at The Adam and Eve after winning various cups over the years or when we were just drowning our sorrows were legendary.
“He created the Heston national anthem that will stay with our club forever. He was a true legend who will be sadly missed by everyone at the club. May he rest in peace.”
A funeral mass was held at Our Lady of the Visitation Church, in Greenford Road, Greenford, on October 4, and Mr O’Brien’s body was buried at Drumeela Church, next to his family home, on October 6.
A month’s mind mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Visitation on November 3 at 7pm.
The family would like to express their gratitude for the help and support they have received, both in England and in Ireland.