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TRIBUTES paid to fig­ure­head of fur­ni­ture fam­ily. Tony Bianchi, who ran the firm with his brother, died at East Cheshire Hospice. (Ex­press, July 19).

Pat Hills (for­mer Ex­press re­porter)

For me, it has to be when he of­fered to be vil­lage school lol­lipop man for two weeks so ‘Sherpa’ could get a well-de­served hol­i­day. When I in­ter­viewed him he didn’t con­sider it in the least un­usual. He was al­ways up for fun sto­ries. Priv­i­leged to have known him. His fam­ily are amaz­ing, too. He will be missed. Kay Hughes Tony was a true gentle­man, al­ways smil­ing and caus­ing havoc on his bike.

Tony loved a proper pint of beer in a pot with a han­dle – he would al­ways sug­gest a pint if cus­tomers weren’t sure of what to have. He will be sadly missed, es­pe­cially by the reg­u­lars in the Wa­ters Green Tav­ern, and Ladies 501 Darts league. Ev­ery­one who ever met Tony will have happy mem­o­ries of kind and very gener- ous gentle­man. R.I.P. Tony. Linda An­drews Sorry to hear of his loss, a true gentle­man. Jo­ce­lyn Danby He was al­ways very sup­port­ive of the Lifeboat fundrais­ers that my par­ents used to run. I’m sad to hear of his death, and re­mem­ber him as a kind man. Jean Moss A per­fect gentle­man. Will be sadly missed by ev­ery­one who knew him. R.I.P. Tony. Nick Jor­dan Very sorry to hear this news. Tony was a great man. Love to all the fam­ily from Nick,Katie Jor­dan and fam­ily. Bar­bara Clay­ton Think­ing of the fam­ily at this very sad time .

A true, car­ing gentle­man. Mary Mor­ri­son So sad, a lovely man. R.I.P. Si­mon Mor­ris R.I.P. A true gentle­man, used to love lis­ten­ing to his sto­ries when he came over to the ware­house will be sadly missed. Carolina San­tos R.I.P. Tony, was nice to have served you down at the Drum, al­ways the gentle­man. Mar­garet Ross He was a good friend of my father’s and came to my wed­ding. Lovely gen­tle man. Sarah Wil­mot Lovely, kind man. He was so down to earth and gen­uine. He al­ways said hello to me when I worked in the cafe bar. Nina Lo­vatt-Bryan Leg­end, such a plea­sure to bump into him around town. R.I.P. Richard Bai­ley One of Mac­cles­field’s finest. A true gentle­man. R.I.P. Tom Read Saw this in the Macc Ex­press to­day. Very sad. A re­ally lovely gentle­man whose com­pany I al­ways en­joyed, usu­ally in Wether­spoons in Mac­cles­field. R.I.P. Jimmy Read Sorry to hear about Tony Bianchi pass­ing away. I never re­ally knew him, but I know he was my nanny’s (Kate Read) best boss that she ever worked for and also me, my dad (Tom Read) and my brother Liam Read have met him on sev­eral oc­ca­sions at Wa­ters Green Tav­ern and Wether­spoons. He seemed to be a re­ally nice man. Kate Read A re­ally lovely man and the best boss I have ever worked for. R.I.P. Tony Gra­ham As­tle What a top fella and al­ways a story or ten to be told in your com­pany - cap­ti­vat­ing and a gentle­man. You left a legacy be­hind through your fam­ily and god bless the Bianchi fam­ily. I have so many bril­liant mem­o­ries work­ing there. Jenny Cap­per I was hav­ing lunch in Wether­spoons with two gents with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties who I sup­ported.

Tony came over to chat to us and it was lovely. He was a true gent. He of­fered and gave two new leather re­clin­ing chairs for free to my gents and de­liv­ered them too.

My two gents were so grate­ful to Tony.

It was a very gen­er­ous thing to do.

I’ll never for­get him even though I never met him again. God bless him. Sorry to hear of his loss. Shez N Ol­wenge A hum­ble and faith­ful ser­vant of God. May he rest in eter­nal peace. St Gre­go­rys parish com­mu­nity in Bolling­ton will surely miss your ded­i­cated pres­ence and al­ways pray for your soul. Caro­line Allen Re­ally sad news – he was so lovely to work for – and his hand­writ­ten sale signs were ace. R.I.P. Mr Anthony. An­gela Buck­nell Such a lovely man and a great per­son­al­ity. Con­do­lences to all the Bianchi fam­ily. Jill Fel­lows Lovely man, al­ways re­mem­bers his cus­tomers. Rachel Cope Did my work ex­pe­ri­ence there 30 years ago and ev­ery­time I saw him af­ter­wards he al­ways said hello. Lovely man. Very sad news. Tony Wilkinson The world, and Mac­cles­field in par­tic­u­lar, have lost a real gentle­man. It has been my priv­i­lege to have known him.

Anna Ire­land took this photo in Rainow at the bot­tom of Ker­ridge Ridge. Find us on Face­book or email your pic­tures to mac­cles­field­ex­press@men­media.co.uk. We’ll print the best ones.

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