A devastated brother has paid tribute to his sibling with a ‘big heart’ following the shock death of Bedford taxi rank owner Tariq Mahmood.
The popular 51 year old businessman died at home in the early hours of Sunday morning from a suspected heart attack.
He had been working at A1 Cars in Mill Street, where he was co-owner, that night before becoming ill later after he had returned to his home in the town.
Heartbroken brother Khizar Mahmood said: “I got a call at about half past 12 saying he wasn’t feeling very well and to come and hurry up. Then all of a sudden he was gone.
“We are all in shock, we honestly can’t believe it.”
Tariq’s funeral was held on Tuesday when hundreds of people turned out to pay their respects and see him laid to rest in the Muslim area of Norse Road Cemetery.
Khizar, 39, said: “He is a well liked guy and well loved here in Bedford. It wasn’t just the community that turned up at the funeral, there was every type of person that I could imagine there.
“The amount of help I have received from people - I am so overwhelmed.
“People that have lived in Bedford all their lives have said they have never seen a funeral so big.”
Tariq moved to Bedford back in 1990 from Glasgow after falling in love with the town. He previously owned King Kebab in Tavistock Street and Black Night Cars in Queens Park.
The father of two leaves behind his wife, a son aged 29 and a daughter aged 27.
Khizar said: “He had such a big heart. He treated me more like a son rather than a brother.
“He had the biggest heart I have ever known.”