Here at The Royal Hotel we have been saddened to learn of the passing of one of our most regular customers, Damien Waterhouse, who, after visiting the hotel more or less every day for the last few years, became part of the ‘family’.
Damien was a local artist who specialised in pen and ink drawings of notable buildings and views around Kirkby Lonsdale. Two of his pieces hang in The Royal, one of the hotel itself and one of St.Mary’s Church. Two treasured pieces that will sit proudly in The Royal for years to come.
After developing a severe back condition several years ago Damien became less mobile and had to rely on his walker to get around. After this – as Damien’s sister Rosie mentioned in her tribute to him, his ‘daily routine revolved around a very long lunch at the Royal’ and that he ‘loved the staff at The Royal Hotel who treated him so well’.
Jo Sayers, General Manager at The Royal Hotel remembers Damien fondly …
‘You could set your watch by Damien. He would be here by 11.30 every morning and leave by 4.15 of an afternoon. He enjoyed the music we played and could be seen tapping the table when it was a tune he really liked. He was generous and sharing and more often than not had a smile on his face.’
‘He also liked to people watch and would often sit in the lounge at table 104 and watch the world go by. As the months went on and he became more frail he would have a snooze after enjoying a glass of red wine or 2. He really looked forward to his sister coming to see him and they would have lunch and share a bottle of wine.’
‘He was a lovely man and will be missed but he will always be a part of The Royal.’
Damien’s daily visits will be greatly missed by the entire the team, but we will look back on our memories of him with fondness.
Damien’s work can be viewed and purchased here.< Back to the blog archive