The children of a former Suffolk pub landlord who died from a malignant brain tumour are organising a charity ball to commemorate the 25th anniversary of his death.
Barry Kavanagh moved to Suffolk 35 years ago with wife Nuala. A keen football player, he was landlord of the Six Bells pub in Bardwell in the 1980s.
Now his children Domnick and Holly, 28 and 25, are hosting a memorial Spring Ball on May 22 to raise money for Botesdale Health Centre and Marie Curie Cancer Care, which both helped Barry through a year of ill health before his death in 1991.
Domnick, who lives in Elmswell, said: “It seemed a natural progression for us do something for the people who have done so much for us.
“We’ve always had family friends talking to us about our father, so although we were young when he passed we have a good image of him.”
Nuala said: “Barry was an incredible man, full of hope and a vigour for life.
“He was known for being the life and soul of the party.”
The family hope the ball, at the Tithe Barn in Brome Grange, near Eye, will help them to reconnect with Barry’s old friends. It has been brought forward a year due to Nuala’s own health issues.
Domnick, branch manager at Whatley Lane Estate Agents in Bury, and Holly, who lives and works in Brighton, took part in fund-raising activites during their time at St Edmund’s, St Louis and St Benedict’s Catholic Schools in Bury.
Tickets for the ball, which includes a four-course meal, charity auction and live band, are £50. Contact Domnick on 01284 765256.