Tributes to former hotel manager

TRIBUTES have been paid to a well-respected former manager of Scarborough’s Grand Hotel.

Emil Ferdinand Walser was general manager at the hotel during the late 1960s and into the 1970s.

One of his good friends, John Fawcett, has paid tribute to “Freddie”, as he was known to many.

Mr Fawcett used to run the mayor’s office and got to know Mr Walser well as there were many mayoral functions at the Grand Hotel during that time.

He said: “He was a super bloke - I liked him very much.

“He was very welcoming, friendly and efficient and was a man of great warmth and charm.”

Mr Fawcett added that Mr Walser worked at the Grand for a number of years and it was a “first-class hotel”.

Mr Walser passed away last month in Scarborough Hospital, aged 90.

He was a husband to the late Dorothy, father of Jeanette and Frances, and grandfather of Chris, Louise and Emma.

His funeral was held at Woodlands Crematorium on Tuesday.

Donations were gratefully received for The British Heart Foundation.