Barman’s sudden death stuns Hartlepool pub regulars

TRIBUTES: Peter Sharpe, who has died aged 38.
TRIBUTES: Peter Sharpe, who has died aged 38.

A COMMUNITY is in shock after the “life and soul” of a town pub was found dead at the age of just 38.

Peter Sharpe, who worked at the Travellers Rest, in Stockton Road, Hartlepool, was discovered dead at his home in Greatham, on Monday afternoon.

The cause of death is currently unknown but police have ruled out foul play.

Warm tributes were today paid to Peter by stunned staff at the pub where he had worked for 11 years.

Deputy manager Toni Jeffries described him as “an absolutely lovely lad” who did not realise how many friends he had.

Peter had been at work on Sunday night and was dropped off at home by another colleague.

Toni was devastated to receive a call from Peter’s family on Monday afternoon informing her he had tragically died.

She said: “I don’t think it has hit us yet. He was at work on Sunday night and one of the girls dropped him off at home.

“It is just so unexpected. We don’t know why he has died.

“Peter was the Travs, he lived and breathed it. He was its life and soul.

“He was a barman, but he was so much more than that. He would do anything for anyone. I don’t think he realised how many friends he had.

“He was an absolutely lovely lad. We started working here within weeks of each other.”

Regulars of the pub, including members of the pool team which Peter played for, raised a glass to him on Monday night.

“There was quite a gathering,” added Toni. “He was very well liked.”

And this Thursday’s quiz night, which Peter ran, has been cancelled as a mark of respect.

Emergency services attended Peter’s home in The Grove on Monday afternoon.

One resident, who did not wish to be named, said: “I’m shocked. I just knew him in passing.”

Another said: “I had no idea someone had died.

“I saw the ambulance and police car but didn’t really think anything of it.”

A spokesman for the North East Ambulance Service said: “We can confirm we were called to the Greatham area of Hartlepool shortly before 2pm on Monday, January 26.

“A rapid response vehicle got there at 1.54pm after the call came in at 1.51pm and an ambulance arrived shortly after.

“The patient was deceased and police were informed.”

A Cleveland Police spokesman said: “Just before 2pm on Monday, January 26, police were notified by ambulance service colleagues of the sudden death of a man in his late 30s at an address in The Grove, Greatham.

“The man’s death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.”

Peter lived at home with his parents and also leaves an older brother Jamie.