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.
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