The family and colleagues of a much loved Cardiff doorman have paid tribute to him following his death. Phillip Francis, who worked as a doorman for Mocka Lounge for 14 years, passed away on March 9 at the age of 53.
Family, colleagues, and patrons of the city centre bar have paid tribute to the popular doorman. Phillip, also known as Phil, is survived by his partner Shelly, son Jacob, and daughter Taia, as well as the family’s “loyal dog” and “best friend” Blue.
Phillip’s family said in a tribute: “Losing Phillip has come as a huge shock to us as a family we have lost an amazing, hardworking partner, father and friend. We will forever love and miss him and can only wonder why he has been taken away from us so soon leaving us totally heartbroken.
“We would like to thank everyone for the messages of condolences, cards, flowed love and support. We have been overwhelmed with all the support we received so far.
“We would like to say a huge thank you to Mocka Lounge for the amazing support that they have given at this difficult time. It’s been a great comfort knowing how loved he was.
“Phillip loved his job at Mocka Lounge working with a loyal loving team that he spent the last 14 years with. Thank you so very much.”
As a mark of respect, Mocka Lounge closed on March 9 and issued a tribute to their colleague.
The tribute, which staff posted to Facebook, read: “It is with so much heartbreak that we write this. There truly are so little words that could explain the devastation of this news.
“Phil, you were the face and heart of Mocka. You’ve been with us from the very start and stuck by us ever since. You are and will continue to be one of the most well loved characters the Lane has ever had the pleasure of knowing.
“Every weekend, people would be welcomed with your calming demeanour and infectious smile, and I know that we speak for all that knew you when we say that you will be gravely missed.
“We would like to take this moment to send our deepest and heartfelt condolences to his family and all that had the pleasure of knowing him. We know that you will all have your own memories of Phil, because that’s what he did, he imprinted on every person that he met.
“During this difficult time we’d like to give the family some light, and a reminder of just how special he was. So please share your memories of Phil below. Rest In Peace to the best colleague and friend – Phil.”
Hundreds of people responded to the post to express their condolences and share their memories of Phil, with many mentioning his “infectious smile” and countless comments referring to him as a “true gentleman.”
A former colleague wrote: “I’m in shock. I worked with Phil in my day job for years and we used to sit on reception together and just have a good laugh and he’d calm me down when I was stressed. Such a good guy.”
“Phil I have no words it’s absolutely heartbreaking you were one of the nicest men I’ve ever met will miss your infectious laugh and smile. Rest in peace big man thoughts are with your family and friends at this very sad time,” another tribute read.
Another former colleague wrote: “The first person I worked with on the door along with Ben, over 6 years ago. I will never forget you Phil, you showed me what a true gentleman is and showed me how to look after myself & others – you will never be forgotten, we will miss you forever and a day.”
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to raise money for Phillip’s family, with over £5,000 having been raised out of a £7,000 goal. You can donate to the GoFundMe page here.
Source – Wales Online