Grandad struck down by stroke after fam­ily cel­e­bra­tion

Accrington Observer - - FRONT PAGE - JON MACPHER­SON

TRIBUTES have been paid to a pop­u­lar fa­therof-four who col­lapsed of a brain haem­or­rhage just hours after cel­e­brat­ing his grand­daugh­ter’s birth­day.

Michael Whittaker, 55, from Ac­cring­ton, had en­joyed a ‘won­der­ful’ day at the Po­plar Club’s Welling­ton Bar for his grand­daugh­ter Hol­lie’s third birth­day.

Later that evening he went for a drink at The Warn­ers Arms and col­lapsed be­fore be­ing rushed to hos­pi­tal.

He passed away two days later on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 3, sur­rounded by fam­ily.

His daugh­ter Linzi Clark said his death, which fol­lowed a mas­sive stroke, came as a ‘great shock’.

Linzi, 32, from Ac­cring­ton, who runs the Welling­ton Bar, said he ‘worked hard and played hard’ and ‘en­joyed life’.

She said: “He was a very funny, com­i­cal bloke. He en­joyed life and fam­ily and was a good dad. He liked go­ing to the pub and would be in mine at the Po­plar, Warn­ers, Queens, Broad­way, Grey Horse. Most pubs knew him.”

Michael, of Cedar Street, worked as a self-em­ployed elec­tri­cian at K&M Electrics, which was founded by his late fa­ther Keith. In the 1980s he also worked as a taxi driver.

TRIBUTES have been paid to a pop­u­lar grandad who col­lapsed of a brain haem­or­rhage just hours after cel- ebrat­ing his grand­daugh­ter’s birth­day.

Michael Whittaker, 55, from Ac­cring­ton, had en­joyed a ‘won­der­ful’ day at the Po­plar Club’s Welling­ton Bar for his grand­daugh­ter Hol­lie’s third birth­day.

Later that evening he went for a drink at The Warn­ers Arms and col­lapsed be­fore be­ing rushed to hos­pi­tal.

He passed away two days later on Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 3, sur­rounded by fam­ily.

His daugh­ter Linzi Clark said his death was ‘sud­den and un­ex­pected’ and came as a ‘great shock’.

She said: “We had just had a mas­sive fam­ily day to­gether as it was my daugh­ter’s birth­day party.

“It was a really nice day and one of those rare times when we were all to­gether.

“He wasn’t ill. He was ab­so­lutely fine. He lit­er­ally just col­lapsed hours later.

“He had a mas­sive stroke which caused a brain haem­or­rhage. Luck­ily it wasn’t at the party.

“Within an hour of col­laps­ing and get­ting to hos­pi­tal he was told there was noth­ing they could do. It was that se­vere.”

He passed away in the crit­i­cal care unit at Royal Black­burn Hos­pi­tal sur­rounded by his fam­ily.

Michael, of Cedar Street, worked as a self­em­ployed elec­tri­cian at K&M Electrics, which was founded by his late fa­ther Keith.

In the 1980s he also worked as a taxi driver.

Linzi, 32, from Ac­cring­ton, who runs the Welling­ton Bar, said he ‘worked hard and played hard’ and ‘en­joyed life’.

She said: “He was a very funny, com­i­cal bloke.

“He en­joyed life and fam­ily and was a good dad.

“He was a love­able rogue, didn’t worry about any­thing. He was care­free.

“He en­joyed bands and mu­sic and so­cial­is­ing.

“He liked go­ing to the pub and would be in mine at the Po­plar, Warn­ers, Queens, Broad­way, Grey Horse. Most pubs knew him.”

Linzi said her fa­ther also trag­i­cally never got to en­joy see­ing his lon­gawaited grand­son Cole grow up.

She said: “He has four daugh­ters. He al­ways wanted a son. “My first one was a daugh­ter and then I had my son Cole. “He’s only 18 weeks old. “He’s waited all these years for a son but he got a grand­son and un­for­tu­nately he’s not had the chance to have the plea­sure of him.”

Michael leaves daugh­ters Linzi, Hay­ley, Kim­ber­ley and Jes­sica, grand­chil­dren Hol­lie and Cole, mum Mar­ian and sis­ters Lor­raine and Max­ine.

Michael Whittaker with grand­son Cole

Michael Whittaker col­lapsed with a brain haem­or­rhage

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