Tributes paid following the death of popular restaurant boss
6:00am Tuesday 20th August 2013 in News
THE son of a popular Chinese restaurant owner has paid tribute to his father who owned businesses across Lancashire.
Harry Fu, 61, owned restaurants in Blackburn, Darwen, Burnley, Colne, Abbey Village and Blackpool.
Speaking as he returned to the UK to mark 100 days since his father’s death, Ming Fu said the restaurateur carried on in the business, regardless of his health, for as long as he could.
Mr Fu said: “Despite the family telling him to relax, he wanted to open another restaurant, so he opened Mr Fu’s in Darwen.
“It was his passion and he loved the challenge.
“Of all the places he had restaurants, he enjoyed Darwen the most.”
The late Mr Fu came to England from Hong Kong in the 1960s, shortly after his father moved to Liverpool in 1958.
He moved to Blackburn to work at the Ying Kin, above Blackburn Market, and later the Chopstick House in the Bastwell area, which was owned by his sister.
In the 1970s, he took over at the restaurant which began his restaurant empire.
Mr Fu went on to open Great Village at Feniscowles, Mister Fu’s in Bolton Road, Darwen, a restaurant in Abbey Village, another inside the Cat’s Whiskers nightclub in Burnley, Master Fu’s in Old Bank Lane, Blackburn, Fu’s Kitchen in Dinckley, Mr Fu’s in Blackpool, Oriental Buffet in Burnley town centre, Mr Fu’s in Colne and Mr Fu’s in Blackburn Road, Darwen.
After a battle with liver cancer, he passed away in May, and in keeping with Chinese custom, his family gathered at his grave on Wednesday, 100 days after his death, to bring the mourning period to an end.
As well as Ming, who lives in Hong Kong, he left behind two daughters, Tina and Mai Ling, and 10 grandchildren.
Mr Fu said: “He was a big family man and he loved to socialise and see people enjoying themselves.
“He was a great entrepreneur and to achieve what he did with just two years at school was quite remarkable.”
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