The widow of a popular landlord who lost his battle with cancer this week has paid tribute to her 'soul mate'.
The Fortescue Pub on Mutley Plain broke the sad news on July 19 that its landlord, Steve Smith had died.
His wife Natasha Smith has spoken of the tragic loss of Steve - a much-loved and respected publican.
"I have lost my soul mate, my best friend and the love of my life," she said. "We were together for nine years - I asked him for a job, he asked me out on a date.
Steve was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2014 and many of his friends and customers have posted on social media paying tribute to 'the nicest man you could ever meet' and his bravery whilst battling the disease.
Radio DJ Gordon Sparks wrote: 'Despite everything that he has gone through, he'd still be seen as the life and soul of The Fort, and showing off his latest battle scars as another chapter he had fought through.'
Another friend added: 'Only the other day I was using Steve's battle to a client who was due to have major surgery of a man who showed great strength and courage and determination.'
Natasha told The Herald: ""I would like to thank the hospital staff at Derriford Hospital for all the care they gave him, but most of all the Fortescue staff, family and friends for all the support they have given him over the last couple of years."