The Victoria food and restaurant community is mourning the death of one of their own.
Popular restauranteur Thomas Ferris died on Friday after a brief battle with cancer.
Ferris and his business partner, Dave Craggs, owned three popular venues in Victoria: Ferris’ Downtown Grill and Garden Patio, Ferris’ Upstairs Seafood and Oyster Bar, and Perro Negro Tapas and Wine.
Craggs said that even though Ferris was tough on the outside, he had a deep love and appreciation for anyone who walked through the front doors.
“He could have a gruff way with some staff and unruly customer, but at his heart, he was one of the most warmhearted people I know,” Craggs said.
Sixty-three-year old Ferris died at home with his wife Sandy, daughter Paula and grandchildren Alexa and Max.