A BUSINESSMAN hailed by friends as “the most charismatic man in town” has died at the age of 71.
Tony Case was taken to hospital early last Thursday morning (October 13) suffering from a massive embolism and within hours was declared dead.
It was a sad end for a twinkling personality who had a limitless supply of funny stories, a keen eye for a practical joke and was gifted with a deep voice that could “charm every woman and influence every man.”
His hundreds of friends and business associates were stunned as the tragic news filtered through.
Tony, of Carr Mill Road, Billinge, never retired - even after turning 70.
He had given up his own thriving estate agency some years earlier, before helping to guide the Hyland property business in St Helens.
Best friend Alan Whalley told how Tony was also kept busy on his old drawing board, sketching out complex plans for new club and housing developments.
He said: “Tony was one of the best known personalities in the region, a sturdy little figure with a ready smile. Give him a problem and he’d flick a few switches and turn a few knobs - usually achieving a happy solution.
“He was no early bird though. Ten in the evening was his idea of the time to hit the town. It was a habit I was too easily drawn into, with the usual 2am return home. My wife was never overjoyed at him tapping on our front window to ask: ‘Can your Alan come out and play?’”
Mr Whalley added: “Tony was in tune with every celebration in town - and all produced a good-natured open-door welcome for Tony and his chums. He made friends wherever he went.
“He was at the flag-waving closure of Burtonwood’s American airbase, among all the well-heeled dignitaries and the gleam of the mayoral golden chains.
“Move the clock forward and he had one arm around the shoulder of the last commanding officer and the other wrapped around the neat waist of the top military man’s fragrant wife!
“Tony was a rare guy. Generous to a fault, always sympathetic and willing to go the extra mile for any of his friends - whether he be a leading businessman or a labourer from a local farm.”
On behalf of all at Hyland estate agents and the Hyland family, Barry Hyland said: “Tony was a character like no other. He worked hard and certainly knew how to play hard, putting the ‘fun’ in the fundamentals of business and life itself,
“Tony was the joker in the pack, always looking for the perfect wind up. He never missed an opportunity and will be sorely missed by all.”
His funeral is set to be held at Birchley St Mary’s at noon this Friday (October 21).