Tributes paid to ex-Chelsea FC vice president and Crown pub owner

Tributes paid to ex-Chelsea FC vice president and Crown pub owner

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Tributes paid to ex-Chelsea FC vice president and Crown pub owner

A former vice president of Chelsea FC and popular publican who co-owned The Crown pub in Bray for more than 15 years has died aged 85.

Hugh Whitton took over at the High Street pub in 1977 and immediately established himself as a well-known figure in the village.

The Chauntry Road homeowner passed away following a battle with dementia at Foxleigh Grove Nursing Home on Monday last week.

He had lived at the Forest Green Road home for the past two years.

"He was a nice man, a very modest man with a keen sense of humour," said son Geoff Whitton, 57, who now lives at his father's old house in Chauntry Road.

"He was the ideal man to have as landlord of the pub."

Kensington-born Hugh moved to Slough from Mitcham during the 1960s to take up a job as a production engineer at London Artid.

The father-of-two then set up Technical Mouldings Ltd, an injection moulding business which he started in Slough before eventually moving to Priors Way.

It became a family firm when Geoff joined to work with his dad, before Hugh left to take over at The Crown.

Louise Challis, from Ledger Lane in Fifield, met Hugh while working at The Crown in 1977 and became firm friends.

"He was a witty, kind and generous man loved by everyone he met," she said.

"He will be missed by everyone who knew him."

While running the High Street pub, which is now owned by celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal, Hugh was also a member of Richmond Heavies RFC.

The rugby club which consisted of ex-top flight players who drank at the pub organised and played matches across the world.

The staunch Chelsea supporter who held a season ticket every year since 1966 also became vice president of the club from 1984 to 1986.

A spokesman from Chelsea FC said the club was sad to hear the news of Hugh's death and passed on its condolences to family and friends.

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