Daughter pays tribute to 'popular and generous' Cheltenham landlord who died with coronavirus

The daughter of a Cheltenham pub landlord who died with coronavirus has paid tribute to him, saying he was loved by everyone.

Alexander Grierson, who was known by his nickname Boyzie, tested positive for Covid-19 two weeks before he died on Sunday 12 April in the intensive care unit at Cheltenham General Hospital.

Members of the community have been remembering the 'popular', 'witty' and 'generous' landlord.

A fundraising campaign set up in his memory by friend Tony Edge has already raised more than £4,500 for Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The 67-year-old was the landlord of The Beehive in Prestbury. Credit: Gloucestershire Live

The 67-year-old father of three became the landlord of The Beehive in Prestbury eight years ago.

Those who knew him say his generosity shone through.

One tribute said “He was the only landlord we know who would buy his punters a pint as soon as they came in the pub. His generosity was as big as his heart."

His daughter Alex, also known as Minky, said "I don't think there was anyone that didn't like him, he never hurt anyone, he's got five grandkids who he adored."

She says she is grateful that she was able to say goodbye to him.

Alex says people only realise the reality of the Covid-19 pandemic when someone close to them is affected.

Tony says he hopes the fundraising will continue and people will follow the Government's social distancing policies to limit the amount of suffering: