Obituary: Mark Lauchlan
Mark Lauchlan, the landlord of the Hare and Hounds pub in Devizes, has died at the age of 54 after a brave battle with cancer.
Mr Lauchlan was in his sixth year of running the popular local community pub. He had previously served in the Metropolitan Police, acted as a security officer in West End casinos, and did a stint as a civil servant which then led him to teach accountancy for the Ministry of Defence and later to foreign students.
Born in Barnet, north London, Mr Lauchlan then moved to the county where his young family grew up in Tilshead and West Lavington and then South Wonston in Hampshire before he decided to move to Singapore.
He returned to Devizes to be closer to his daughters Amber, Holly and Emily.
While staying with Holly in Bridewell Street, he took to popping in for a drink in the Hare and Hounds, where he heard from landlady Jan Davis that she and her husband Colin were retiring after running the pub for more than 20 years.
Mr Lauchlan applied to the pub’s owners, Wadworth, and was awarded the tenancy. He rose to the challenge of following the popular Davises and soon endeared himself to the regulars.
His insistence on running the pub as a good, old-fashioned, community hub had resonance with his customers, all good friends to him, and they became an extended family to him. He is survived by his three daughters and his 11-month-old grandson, Marshall.
His funeral is due to take place on Tuesday, at 3.15pm at West Wiltshire Crematorium in Semington. Donations can be made in his name to the Police Dependants’ Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support via funeral directors John Stuart or online at www. justgiving.com/JS-Mark-Lauchlan
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