Tributes to ‘much loved’ pub landlord

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The family of a much-loved Buxton publican have paid tribute to a “loving and humble soul” in the wake of his tragic and unexpected death this week.

Michael McMahon, landlord of the Blazing Rag on London Road, was found dead on Monday morning. He was just 38-years-old.

His family said Michael – known as ‘Megson’ and ‘Little Mick’ to friends – died peacefully at home above the pub.

In the wake of Michael’s sad passing, many hundreds of people took to social media to pay tribute to the loved and respected publican.

His sister Louise McMahon said: “Michael was a quiet man and he would be humbled by the amount of kind tributes he has received.

“If he could see them he would probably be going bright red.

“Michael never did anything to get anything back. He would help anybody and never did anything for rewards.”

Louise added: “We have read every single Facebook message and comment, every text message, every tribute, and we would like to thank everybody for their kind words.

“Michael had so much love for this town and it’s clear that the people of Buxton had a lot of love for him too.”

Michael – who was a big Manchester City fan – leaves behind mum Pauline, dad Mick, sisters Louise and Sinead, as well as nephews Archie and Harry.

Louise said Michael had been landlord of the Blazing Rag for seven years, taking over from his father who had run the pub for 18 years prior to that.

“Michael was a really good boss,” said Louise.

“He loved and valued the people he employed and they all loved him back because he took such good care of them.

“He will be deeply missed by everybody.”

She added: “Michael was very inclusive; he never bothered how old people were, what they looked like, who they hung around with, or what language they spoke. He had time for anybody and everybody.

“If there’s one philosophy he lived by it was ‘just to be kind to people’.”

Louise said the family would like to pay a special thanks to Ross.

A date has not yet been arranged for Michael’s funeral.

In the wake of Michael’s tragic death, many hundreds of people paid tribute.

Donna Elwis posted: “Absolute legend you are Michael! It has been an absolute pleasure to have known you and to have worked with you...Sweet dreams with the angels.”

Eddie Carruthers posted: “Words cannot fully explain how sad I am to hear about the tragic loss of ‘young’ Michael. He will be remembered for lots of things, but for me it will be his kindness, honesty and fairness. [He was] a great friend to everyone including myself over the years I have known him, Rip Michael.”

James Hopkinson posted onto his page: “Mick, it was a pleasure to have known you mate. Rest in peace.”

Kay Ford said: “The heart and soul of a much loved pub. Rest in peace Mick.”