Dave Burleigh, who was director of The Beehive pub, died at the Royal Hospital on April 2. He was 69 years old.
His wife Frances Burleigh told ECHO how her husband was admitted to hospital after having developed flu-like symptoms.
He died about a week later.
Frances was not allowed to visit her husband at the Royal, but three days before his death, she was asked by doctors to say goodbye.
Frances said: “They asked me to come back on Monday, I had to put on protective clothing and then I went to say goodbye to my husband.
“Dave managed to speak to me but quickly started to appear and disappear. But he knew I was there. “
On April 2, Dave called Frances to ask for strawberries.
She said, “He called me in the morning and asked for toothpaste and strawberries. I dropped them off at the hospital.
“The nurses told me he had strawberries, and then died. “
Frances shared with ECHO how she met Dave through his work as a bartender in Liverpool city center. The couple then married and took over Beehive Pub on Paradise Street over 15 years ago.
She said she ran the pub, but Dave already had a full-time job at a pharmaceutical company in Speke until he retired several years ago.
Frances explained how Dave, an Everton fan from the Toxteth area, was a well-known figure in Liverpool city center.
She said, “Dave drank from the hive, the Globe, Caernarfon Castle and the White Star. He always started with a pint of Strongbow, then continued with vodka and bitter lemon.
“He went from pub to pub and was very well known. I would describe it as a great presence – always at the bar chatting with someone.
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“He was a great cook and brought food to the staff of the pubs he visited. He was famous for his soup.
“Dave was very well known in the city center and I was inundated with messages from customers and other Liverpool owners.”
Frances said Dave was a selfless person who would do anything for anyone.
She said, “At work, he was a member of a charity committee that brought retirees to Blackpool each year – he loved it. I have yet to meet someone with a bad say about Dave. “
She talked about her husband’s last days.
Frances said, “Saying goodbye was so difficult, but I just want to thank the doctors and nurses who gave Dave every chance to recover. They are amazing people and I will be eternally grateful. “