Fam­ily of tragic dad raise £3k to fly his body home

‘It’s a big re­lief for me and the rest of the fam­ily’

Salford Advertiser - - NEWS - NICK STATHAM

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

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