Tributes after death of Chorley businessman

Paul Mulhearn and his family.
Paul Mulhearn and his family.

Tributes have been paid to a well-known Chorley businessman who has died after being struck down by a third brain tumour.

Paul Mulhearn, 51, of Southport Road, has been described as “one of Chorley’s success stories’, running the White Hart pub, restaurant Rossi’s, the Stables cafe, and launching Astley Catering.

He would have celebrated his 25th wedding anniversary with wife Pauline this year.

Paul, who was known to his friends as Muggy, also ran The 19th bar at Duxbury Golf Club, the bar at Chorley Town Hall, and the cafe at White Coppice Cricket Ground.

Paul leaves behind three children, Lucy, 22, Hayley, 20 and Daniel, 10.

Devastated wife Pauline described Paul as “always living life to the full”, despite health problems in the last few years.

She said: “It will be our 25th wedding anniversary this year, which sadly he won’t see. He lived life to the full. With the pub and everything, he just socialised with family and friends. He was so well known and will be greatly missed.”

Paul suffered a first brain tumour in June 2008 and underwent an operation.

In December 2011, it returned but this time it had grown. He underwent another operation and was given six weeks’ radiotherapy, but scans showed the tumour had returned.

Paul had another operation six weeks ago at Royal Preston Hospital but died surrounded by family at Chorley Hospital at 7.50pm on Friday.

When Paul left Holy Cross High School as a youngster, he worked for his father in the Critchley and Mulhearn electrical shop on Cunliffe Street.

On leaving there, he went into catering, opening Rossi’s restaurant on Union Street, where he worked as a chef.

Paul then took over the Stables cafe in Astley Park, Chorley and launched outside catering firm Astley Catering in 1987.

He then moved on to Duxbury Golf Club cafe and opened a bar called The 19th, before operating an outside catering facility at Cowling Brow.

Paul also ran the bar at Chorley Town Hall and for a short spell, the cafe at White Coppice cricket ground.

He did catering for Blackpool FC, Preston North End FC and Salford City Reds RLFC. He ran the Tangerine Club at Blackpool FC.

His wife Pauline said he used to travel to exhibitions and sporting events around the country with the Patak’s curry bus.

A Blackburn Rovers fan, Paul was a member of Chorley Golf Club since 1992.

He also played in the local pool league.

Paul was best known as the landlord of the White Hart pub, on Mealhouse Lane, for nine years.

The funeral will take place at St Gregory’s Church, Eaves Green Road, Chorley, at 11am, on Friday, followed by cremation at Charnock Richard cemetery.

Donations are to the Meningitis Trust. Paul’s daughter Lucy suffered from the disease when she was 18 months old, and Paul wanted to support the charity.