King of Clubs Stringfellow was a true gentleman, says Northern Ireland man who became his pal
A Northern Ireland-based businessman who became friends with nightclub owner Peter Stringfellow after he built fantasy beds for his young children has described him as a "true gentleman".
Mr Stringfellow (77) died in the early hours of yesterday morning. He had been secretly battling cancer.
The so-called King of Clubs became a household name after opening venues first in London then across the globe which were magnets for celebrities.
He is survived by his wife Bella and four children.
In May of last year, Peter employed north west-based fantasy bed-maker Fraser Anderson to fashion two spectacular castle beds for his young children Rosabella and Angelo from his third marriage.
The 48-year-old Scotsman and father-of-six was a high-end cabinet maker for Harrod's before meeting his Londonderry-born wife and moving to the north west to set up Anderson's Themes And Dreams, a business manufacturing kitchens and garden and bedroom furniture.
Fraser said he was greatly saddened to hear of his death.
"My wife and I have been friends with Peter and Bella since we did work with them last year," he said. "We are deeply saddened by his passing.
"He was a true gentleman. He was one of the nicest people I have ever worked with. He was a good family man. Family was at the centre of everything he did."
Fraser created the fantasy beds for the Stringfellow children at his workshop in Burnfoot and transported them to the Stringfellow home in England, where he says he spent seven days building them and getting to know the family.
Fraser said he has been back with the family several times and developed a close bond.
"We first met them when they asked us to make the fantasy beds," he said.
"We became friends and we were over quite often with them."
He added: "I think his legacy will be his family, more than anything else. He was a big family man."
It was a sentiment shared by George Best's son Callum, who also paid tribute to Mr Stringfellow on social media.
"RIP Peter Stringfellow," he wrote. "So many amazing memories I have with this man, from when I first came to UK and he took care of me for years in his club, to staying with him and his family in Spain. Rest in peace friend. My thoughts are with your family. No doubt a legacy will live on."
Matt Glass, Mr Stringfellow's publicist, said: "It's very sad news. He passed away in the early hours of this morning. It was kept very private, he didn't want to tell. He wanted to keep it a secret."
Mr Stringfellow was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2008 when he went for what he thought would be a prostate test with his private GP, but what turned out to be a fuller check.
He kept the news and treatment secret until it was leaked in 2015, later saying: "I just wanted to avoid all the sympathy".
His publicist said that Stringfellow had been "battling" a different cancer for the past year.