Retired landlord who had ‘zest for life’ dies aged 72

Owen Mulligan
Owen Mulligan

A retired pub landlord described as loving people has died aged 72.

Owen Mulligan was diagnosed with liver cancer in December 2012 and passed away in May.

He was well-known for his roles as landlord at the Sun Inn in Warkworth, followed by the village’s Mason’s Arms.

Owen moved to the North East from Scotland in 1967 when he started work at the Ryton Park Country Club as a live-in bar manager.

It was while working there that he met Josie, his wife of 40 years.

In 1972, the owners of the country park bought the Sun and decided Owen was the man to run it and he was offered the job, alongside Josie.

The couple married on February 19, 1973, before moving to the county.

The hotel was thriving in the 70s and Owen and Josie settled into married life well.

On October 11, 1974, their daughter Gayle was born and joined in with the family’s success at the Sun.

In 1988, when the Sun was put up for sale, Owen decided it was time to enter into a tenancy of his own, taking on The Mason’s Arms.

They ran the pub for 10 years but in 1997 Owen was diagnosed with diabetes and his health started to decline, so he took early retirement.

By 2008, Owen had had both legs amputated which curtailed life for him somewhat.

But he still managed to give daughter Gayle away to be married in December 2011, and became a great grandad to Lacey in February 2012.

He also leaves behind granddaughters Demi and Ellis.

A funeral was held for Owen on Saturday, May 25.