The founder of Lancaster’s Gregson Centre has died suddenly at the age of 58.
Richard Dow was owner of The Park Hotel in Prospect Street, Lancaster, as well as director of Gregson Centre Limited.
He was also director of Primrose Education Resources Ltd.
A statement from Gregson Community Association to its supporters said: “We are deeply saddened by the tragic passing away last week of Richard Dow.
“As many of you will know, Richard has been involved in the Gregson Centre for over 30 years as a trustee and as a director of Gregson Centre Limited (GCL), the management company that operates the Gregson Centre on behalf of the Gregson Community Association.
“There will be a time to pay him proper tribute for his decades long dedication to the Gregson Centre and the wider community, but at present our thoughts are with his children, family and his friends at this sad time.
“Richard was loved and respected by many. It is hard to describe just how much he will be missed as a colleague and a friend by those of us who had the pleasure of knowing him well and of working with him over the years. He is simply irreplaceable.”
Gregson Centre Ltd was set up by Richard Dow and Graeme Kirk, who were keen to save their favourite community centre and to preserve the future of what they believed to be a vital part of the community.
In October 2013 the Gregson Centre celebrated its 30th anniversary.