Tributes have been paid to a pub bouncer who was allegedly killed in a city centre assault.
Terry Findler is believed to have come to the aid of fellow security guards in Tontine Street, Hanley, after a disturbance broke out near Wetherspoons.
He was taken to hospital on Saturday night, but died a short while later. It is understood he had been struck in the incident.
The 51-year-old, from Knutton, had worked at The Tontine pub on the other side of the street. Today, colleagues and pub regulars paid tribute to the popular bouncer.
Pub owner Martin Scott had worked with him for 18 years.
The 50-year-old said: “Terry was a devoted father and grandad. He was always willing to help others with their houses or repair work.
“He was the life and soul of the party. We used to call him papa bear because he was just so friendly. He was the friend that everyone would want, he was a lovely person. He was my brother and it’s heart-breaking that he is gone.”
Terry had previously worked at various pubs across the city, including the Albion and Pig Pen. He had also been running Cookies Bar and Kitchen, in Percy Street, for the past three years.
Mario Lowndes had known Terry for 34 years and had been celebrating his 52nd birthday on the night of the incident.
“He said he would buy me a drink for my birthday, but then he never got to do that,” added Mario. “He was a part of all of us and it’s devastating that he is no longer with us. Terry was a friendly bloke with a heart of gold.
“He was also a joker and the banter between us was unreal. He loved to have a laugh and make people smile. He was very good at his job. He loved his job, his friends and his family.”
Nigel Cann, aged 59, from Stoke, added: “He was a lovely person who would do anything for others and he will be sadly missed.”
Barmaid Charlene Watson had known Terry for almost 17 years and described him as a ‘loving person’ with a ‘huge heart’.
The 37-year-old said: “Terry loved his job and he was always a provider for his family. He drove me to my wedding 10 years ago and we had a brilliant time.
“I always had a laugh with him. He had such a strong and friendly character and he will be missed by everyone.”
Police were called to Tontine Street at around 10.10pm where they found several members of the public were detaining a man in the street.
But, after the detained man was arrested, Terry became ill and was taken to hospital.
Officers have confirmed that a 28-year-old man, from Hanley, was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter following the alleged assault.
They are still waiting for the results of a post mortem which will reveal how Terry died.
A spokesman said: “He has now been bailed until March 8.”
Source – Stoke Sentinel