It’s goodbye from Ken after a lifetime of laughs and fun

Family man: Ken with daughters Jo and Lisa and granddaughters Georgina and Elizabeth
Family man: Ken with daughters Jo and Lisa and granddaughters Georgina and Elizabeth

A FUN-loving former Halifax licensee has died aged 71 at his retirement home in Hornsea, East Yorkshire.

Ken Green was a popular character behind the bar at what was The Wellington, King Cross, and for many years at the Shant, Holmfield.

“He put all of himself into the Shant,” said daughter Lisa Smith, of Halifax.

“He had so many friends with the darts and dominoes, pool nights and Wembley trips and he loved family holidays in Menorca.

“Dad was certainly a character. He loved mingling with everybody and was an outgoing person set in his ways.”

Ken had been supported at the Shant for nearly 30 years by his late wife Pauline until tragedy struck in 2000.

The couple were staying at his mother’s house in Hornsea when a ferocious fire ripped through it.

It is believed he left a first floor bedroom to investigate the smell of smoke which is thought to have started in his mother’s room.

But, fire had took hold and he was unable to fight his way back through the blaze. Firefighters rescued Pauline but she died later in Hull Royal Infirmary, aged 50.

His mother, Mary Green, 80, was found dead in her ground floor bedroom.

Ken returned to run the Shant alone but it was never the same and two years later he relcoated to Hornsea where he had many friends.

His other daughter Jo Watts, also of Halifax, said her father would be remembered by many.

“My dad was very well known for a statement he used to say many years ago – when Ken drinks everybody drinks!” she said.

His funeral is on Wednesday, 2.15 pm, at Haltemprice Crematorium, Willerby, East Yorkshire HU10 6NS.