December 10 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Family and friends have paid tribute to a father of four who died days after being the victim of an alleged assault.
Peter Shea, 73, was a well-known figure in his hometown of Brandon, where he was a regular at the Flintknappers pub.
A former publican who once owned three pubs in the East End of London, he moved to the town more than 20 years ago with his wife Janice, having visited a friend and fallen in love with the area.
He died last Wednesday after collapsing at his home in Manor House Close.
His son Shaun said he was the “life and soul”.
“He was someone that everyone liked, always had a laugh and a joke and would do anything for anyone,” he said.
Mr Shea’s wife died just three months ago following a battle with cancer.
His son said her death had “shattered” his father, but that he had just begun to show signs of recovery.
“He was just beginning to get back on his feet after mum died. The week before, me and my sister both noticed how he was starting to perk up again. Knowing that he was getting back to his old self just makes it even harder,” he said.
Mr Shea grew up in London with his two brothers, Jimmy and Patrick.
He had four children – Shaun, Sarah, Terry and Jane – and seven grandchildren.
His friend Kenneth Thomas said: “He was a good man and a good laugh to be around. He was a proper East End bloke and such a nice fella.”
Sophie Porter, a member of the bar staff at the Flintknappers, said: “We’ll all miss him.”
Mr Shea was involved in an incident of alleged common assault on September 27 in which he sustained a broken shoulder.
Joaquim Cardoso, 61, of Heath Road, Brandon, was later charged with common assault in relation to an incident which took place at Market Square at about 5.30pm.
Cardoso will appear at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on October 15.