Family of tragic dad raise £3k to fly his body home
‘It’s a big relief for me and the rest of the family’
THE family of a dadof-four who died while on holiday in the Canaries have raised the money they need to bring his body home.
Relatives of David Reilly now have enough cash to pay a £3,000 bill, which will allow them to bring him back to the UK today.
The popular DJ and supermarket worker died after suffering a suspected heart attack at the airport coach park in Fuerteventura.
Mr Reilly was insured but due to uncertainty over the terms of his policy his family had to raise the money to bring his body home.
His devastated relatives appealed for donations through an online fundraising page, while the Asda store where Mr Reilly worked as a security guard also held a bag packing event. Mr Reilly’s wife Janet said: “I just want to say thank you to all the people who have helped us raise the money to get him home.
“It’s a big relief for me and for the rest of the family to bring him back to the UK.”
Mrs Reilly has been unable to make any funeral arrangements while her husband’s body has been in Fuerteventura.
Speaking to the Advertiser last week, Mr Reilly’s eldest son Christopher Birkhead, 27, said his dad was a ‘loveable family man’.
He said: “Dad was such a caring, loving family man and he is going to be missed by all his family and friends and his grandchildren Connor, Jack, Lacie, Miya, Ellie, Jake, Josh and Taleah. He would do anything for anyone, even if he didn’t know you.
“He would light up a room.
“He was always joking and if you needed cheering up you would definitely go to dad.
“He was very chatty, down-to-earth and popular with everyone at the store.”
The 56-year-old Manchester United fan was known as ‘DJ Dave’ in Salford, where he worked weekends at the Bricklayers Arms in Ordsall and the White Lion in Eccles.
He also played in the Eccles pool league for the Bricklayers Arms.
Mr Reilly held his position as a security guard at Asda in Trafford Park for the past 13 years.
The late David Reilly with his wife Janet on their wedding day two years ago