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Cancer battle: Larry Ingham and his second wife Pamela (Photograph supplied)

A grieving daughter has paid an emotional tribute to her “go-to” father who has died after a long battle with cancer.

Tanaeya Burch described her father, Larry Ingham, as a devoted family man and a popular entrepreneur who touched the lives of many people.

Mr Ingham, a successful businessman who ran Snowy’s snowballs and also City Cycles, passed away last Thursday in hospital surrounded by his family. He was 62.

“He was an amazing father,” Ms Burch said. “He was always very family orientated and wanted us all to succeed in what we did.

“Even right at the end he wanted to make sure that everyone in the family knew how much he cared about them and how much he wanted them to do well in life.

“When my brother and I were young, we had fantastic family trips every year to his favourite place in the world, Orlando, and had all sorts of fun together. “He loved spending time together as a family.”

Mr Ingham grew up in Warwick attending West Pembroke Primary and Ord Road Primary Schools.

He left Berkeley Institute at the age of 15 and then worked with a Canadian firm doing insulation before starting up City Cycles on the corner of North Street in Hamilton, close to where TCD is today.

“He was a master mechanic,” Ms Burch said.

“Anyone who wanted their bike fixed and fixed fast, he was the guy to see.

“He also mentored many people and allowed them to watch him as he worked.”

In 1992 Mr Ingham started Snowy’s snowball kiosk, just across from his motorbike shop.

The outlet became a Bermudian institution and later moved up to Princess Street, before shifting to its current location by the City Hall car park.

“It all started with his special ‘red drink’ that he made for Cup Match,” Ms Burch said. “It was a sell-out and from there Snowy’s quickly developed.

“My father was a real entrepreneur. He had a great eye for a business opportunity.”

Friend and business associate Derek Albuoy, who knew Mr Ingham for more than three decades, described him as a “entrepreneur in his own right”.

“He was very particular and precise; everything had to be perfect for him when it came to business,” Mr Albuoy said.

“He was also a very good friend and very open.

“He was a beautiful husband to his wife and a beautiful father to his children.”

In February 1983, Mr Ingham married his first wife Patricia.

The couple had two children, Tanaeya and Kyle.

After the death of his first wife he went on to marry his second wife, Pamela.

Mr Ingham’s father, Myron Ingham, told The Royal Gazette: “Larry was very particular and extremely talented.

“You only had to show him something once. He could put his hands to anything. We were very close.”

Mr Ingham had multiple myeloma diagnosed in May last year.

His condition deteriorated last week and his family took him into hospital on August 21.

He passed away surrounded by his family on Thursday.

“He had a constant stream of visitors when he was in hospital; on one day I counted 21 people in his room,” Ms Burch said.

“He touched many people’s lives and will be greatly missed.”

Family man: Larry Ingham and his late first wife, Patricia. They wed in 1983 (Photograph supplied)
Early days: Larry Ingham at the age of 3 (Photograph supplied)
Business success: Larry Ingham with his wife, Patricia, in an original mobile Snowy’s stand (Photograph supplied)