Crowds of people lined the streets in Blaby to say a final goodbye to a man labelled a “true village icon”.
Bambos Tzirki, also known as Paul, died of cancer at the age of 67 on November 2.
He had owned The Chippy in Blaby Town Centre for 33 years after he bought the establishment with his wife, Nina, in 1978.
His funeral was held yesterday, Monday November 16, and as the hearse travelled through Blaby village centre, around 100 residents of all ages came out to honour his life and applauded as he made his last journey through the village.
Stelios, who now owns The Chippy in Blaby said that Paul was like an uncle to him and that he was very much a family man.
He said: “He was very generous, hard-working and he was very humble.
“He was a legend, everyone knew him and had nice words to say about him.
“He was a great part of the community and was generous with charity donations and things like that.”
Paul Hartshorn, councillor for Blaby South also paid tribute to Paul. He said: “Paul was a true icon of our village who will be missed by not only myself but the whole community.
“My deepest sympathies go out to his family at this time.”
Stelios added that you only had to see the number of people that came out to say goodbye to realise the impact he had on the community.
Paul was originally from Cyprus and travelled to the in 1974 UK to see his brothers. The next day Turkey invaded Cyprus killing many of his friends. Although he was devastated, Paul thought of returning to his native country.
However, he was eventually persuaded to stay in the UK and soon after making the move permanent, he met the love of his life Nina and they married in June 1976.
He bought The Chippy in Blaby, only two years later, and ran it successfully for the next 33 years, making a number of lifelong friends in the community along the way.
His family say that he was much-loved and that they will miss him greatly.