TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Filey sailor and fisherman who later became a successful Scarborough businessman, but never forgot his roots.
Former lifeboatman Barry Jenkinson, 55, collapsed and died while playing pool for his pub team in Scarborough.
Mr Jenkinson, who moved to the town about 25 years ago, owned the Molly Malone’s and Leeds Fisheries restaurants in Eastborough and had also also taken over the street’s Turks Head pub just three weeks ago.
He was playing for his pool team in an away fixture at Riskers bar, Esplanade, when tragedy struck.
His daughter Beverly, 30, a carer, of Hindle Drive in Filey, said: “Dad was very laid back and easy going and was always happy. He loved his sport – badminton, golf and snooker – and he liked a flutter on the horses. He was a top businessman and an amazing man.”
Mr Jenkinson, who came from a well-known Filey fishing family, joined the Navy as a teenager and travelled the world, spending much of his time in Gibraltar.
It was through the Navy he met his future wife, who was also in the Navy.
After leaving the service, he returned to Filey where he started fishing with his dad, his granddad and his brother.
His father was lifeboat coxswain Frank Jenkinson and in 1983, he and his brother Bruce were part of his dad’s crew when they famously rescued the crew of a coaster which had got into trouble in mountainous seas off Filey.
It took the lifeboat 14 attempts to take off the four crew members whose boat had lost power after hitting a submerged object about three miles off the Brigg at night. Frank was awarded a citation on vellum for his leadership, seamanship and bravery, and all the crew were presented with service certificates.
Barry’s cousin Grace, who grew up with him, said his death had come as a terrible shock to all his family and friends. She said: “His mum died a couple of years ago and he was doing the house up, so he was back here all the time. He was a Filey lad and we’ll miss him dreadfully.”
Mr Jenkinson made regular trips to Majorca to see his eldest daughter Therase, 33, and his grandchildren and visited the Spanish island just days before his death.
Rob Bishop, who runs Rob’s Tattoos across the road from the Turk’s Head, said: “Barry was a really nice bloke. I’ve known him since I set up the business 10 years ago – he was welcoming and helpful. He was a real gentleman.”
Mr Jenkinson also leaves a partner, two other daughters and four grandchildren. His funeral will take place at St Oswald’s Church in Filey on Monday.