Popular city centre doorman ‘with the biggest smile’ dies from coronavirus

Nick Newman was best known for his work in security at the Brooklyn Mixer and Lidl

Tributes have been paid to a much-loved dad who died this week after losing his battle with coronavirus.

Nick Newman was well-known across Liverpool through his security work at clubs and Lidl branches across the city.

Friends today described how his “infectious laugh” and cheeky character meant “no-one would have a bad word to say about him”.

Nick was best-known for his work as a doorman at Brooklyn Mixer, where he spent much of the past five years looking after clubbers.

The 45-year-old was employed by security firm Nation, where colleagues are devastated following his death this week.

Among those to pay tribute was Anton Denny, who had worked alongside Nick in the city centre.

Remembering his friend, he said: “He was one of the most genuine, loving and friendly people I have ever met.

“Every time he would come to visit me in the office he would brighten up my day. Every time I saw him he would have me in stitches.

“He had an infectious laugh and he was small but he was very, very strong.

“Everyone knew him because he worked at Brooklyn Mixer for around five years and he was a character. He was a feeder – he always used to bring protein shakes and snacks in for everyone.

“No-one will have a bad word to say about him, he is heavily missed.

“He was selfless, he would do anything for you and he was always laughing.

“He was small but he was so, so strong – you would shake his hand and just feel how strong he was. He had such a big heart too.”

In another moving tribute, friend Magni Inggasson said: “Nick was a genuine man with a kind heart and an overwhelming aura of positivity and warmth.

“In a world that crushes good people, he was a powerful soul. We always used to swap my chocolate bars with his protein bars and compliment each other’s physiques – in the most manly way possible of course.

“He was a gentleman toward my girlfriend, a friendly man who brought a smile to everyone’s faces.

“He was universally loved, strong as an ox, and when I heard the news he was sick, I never even entertained that he wouldn’t be okay. This is devastating to everybody he knew.

“A lot of people when they pass, nobody has a bad word to say about them… but with Nick, everybody has so much good to say.”

The Brooklyn Mixer, based on Seel Street, also paid tribute to Nick, who was also known as Nick Jayc.

In a statement, they said: “The team at Brooklyn Mixer are beyond devastated to hear of the passing of one of our own, Nick Jayc, taken way too soon.

“His personality, as well as his smile, was a brilliant light that lit up some long nights on the door here at Brooklyn. Those who knew you, loved you brother.”

Nick was also known for his work on security at Lidl, often in the Kensington branch.

John Hughes, chief executive of the Liverpool Nightlife community interest group, also paid tribute.

He said: “For what Nick lacked in height he gave back with heart. He had the biggest smile that would make everyone’s day better – he was always smiling.

“It’s been a bad week for everyone in the nightime industry after losing Andy Jaye too, a DJ who was a mentor to a lot of people.”

Friends said Nick, who lived in Kensington, was initially treated for coronavirus at the Royal before being moved to Wythenshawe hospital in Manchester, where he died on Tuesday.

Source – Liverpool Echo

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