THE family of a popular pub landlord have issued a heartfelt thanks to the community for its response to his tragic death.

Scott Gilhooly’s family admit they have been “overwhelmed” by the support shown by the public in recent weeks and say they have been able to take some comfort from the reaction of well-wishers.

Scott died after he was stabbed during an incident at his Swiss Bell pub, in Mountbatten Road, on May 17.

Tributes to the 44-year-old have flooded in from members of the community, and close friends have also decided to carry on a number of his charity projects to keep his memory alive.

Hundreds lined the streets near to the Swiss Bell on the day of Scott’s funeral and his family have now issued a statement to thank people for their display of support and affection.

The family said: “We would like to dedicate a very heartfelt thank you to a number of people.

“Thank you to all emergency service crews who attended the Swiss Bell pub on May 17 and to Essex Police for their continued support.

“We have the greatest admiration for the challenging circumstances all emergency service crews face each and every day.

“A very special thank you to all of you – friends, neighbours, loved ones and the Braintree community who have brought flowers, sent messages, made grand gestures and paid your respects in so many ways to a remarkable person.

“These acts of kindness have been a huge source of help and comfort. We as a family certainly commend your determination to cherish his memory.

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“Finally a sincere thank you to the superb team at G Collins & Sons Funeral Directors for all their comfort, support and professional guidance at every step of the way and for conducting the most elegant procession on the day of Scott’s funeral.”

Scott’s family say the tributes paid in recent weeks and charity work being continued in his honour have been a reminder of his good work in helping the community.

And they say Scott’s insistence to continue supporting people even when his pub was forced to close because of the coronavirus pandemic was a testament to his character, integrity and loyalty to the community.

They added: “Scott was an exceptional and gifted human being. In good times and bad, he never lost his capacity to smile and laugh, nor to inspire others around him with warmth and kindness.

“Loved and respected by many – for his energy and commitment to others, and especially for his devotion to the local community.

“May Scott rest in peace and may we, each and every one of us, thank God for someone who made many, many people happy.”