Landlord, who was one of the best, dies aged 85
PUBLISHED: 17:00 24 September 2013
A POPULAR landlord and 'essential community figure' from Worle has died aged 85.
John Colman Slattery, known by his friends as Sean, lived and worked at The Lamb Inn for 22 years. He took over the pub on Worle High Street in 1966, and stayed there until 1988.
John was born in Ireland, but came to Weston in the late 1940s to join his brothers. He was a baker’s apprentice, but found work on the old pier at the cocktail bar, where he began to learn the trade.
He met Dymphna O’Reilly in Weston in 1954 and together they ran the United Services Club on the Boulevard and the Devonshire Road Social Club. The couple married in 1958 and had three children, Tony, Seamus and John, who died two years ago.
Tony, aged 51, said: “They ran The Lamb for 22 very successful and happy years, and made lots of friends on the way.
“I think he would be too modest to say, but he was one of the best landlords in Weston.
“He knew how to serve a Guinness, although being Irish he had to get that right.”
When he retired from The Lamb he took up his favourite hobby full-time. After being a member for 30 years, he began helping at Worlebury Golf Course.
But he was never far from The Lamb, and still made regular appearances. Tony has fond memories of growing up there.
He said: “I grew up in the pub, I didn’t leave until I was 23. I have many happy memories, especially of St Patrick’s Day. My mum and dad used to hold a big celebration.
“Many people enjoyed those nights. He was an essential community figure in many ways, especially to older residents who would come in to have some company.
“During the last few years, everywhere dad would go somebody would know him. Everybody has fond memories of him.
“Many times he would go out for a few drinks and he didn’t have to pay for a single one, people would keep buying them for him.
“Everybody will have their own stories about him.”
He died on September 8 of a heart attack. The funeral will be held at 10.30am on September 26 at the Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Milton. The burial will take place at Worle Cemetery on Ebdon Road at noon. The Lamb Inn will host a reception after the funeral.