Grief at loss of ‘a diamond’ dad
A GRIEVING family has told of their devastation at the sudden death of a “one in a million” father-of-three after a heart attack.
Paul Clark (37), of Baldwin Drive, Sugar Way, Woodston, Peterborough, passed away at home on June 13 after suddenly collapsing and going into cardiac arrest.
His distraught family called the ambulance but the medics were not able to save him.
Paying tribute to her partner of 20 years, Lorraine Dubois (36) said: “It has come as a complete shock because Paul seemed to be so fit and well.
“There was never a dull moment with Paul. He was a diamond and one in a million.
“He was extremely passionate about his family. He idolised his children and they idolised him.”
Lorraine met Paul in a pub in Paston 20 years ago.
They went on to have three children, Natalie (17), Arron (15) and Aimee (9).
Lorraine added: “Paul would help anyone. People just loved to see him – he lit up a room.
“He was always there if you needed him. He was like a best friend to me and the kids. “Paul was also a great role model. “He worked 24-7 because he wanted to give his children everything.
“We have many funny memories of him, including a trip to Greece one year when we was badly stung by a jelly fish when we were on an island in the middle of no where. He was so angry and determined to catch the jelly fish. He got one, but we don’t know if it was the one who stung him.
“Paul loved his football and would follow England.
“During the last World Cup when the team got knocked out, I know Paul burnt his England shirt on the barbecue – it had been a brand new one that I had bought him only a couple of weeks before.
“But he always swore he never did it.”
As well as football, Paul loved motorcross and fast cars.
Even the family’s two-year-old Shih Tzu, Alfie, is said to be lost without his owner.
Lorraine said: “I would like to thank the police and the paramedics who were really helpful at such an awful time.”
Paul’s mum, Carol added: “Paul is the oldest of my four boys. He would do anything for me.
“They broke the mould when they made him. I couldn’t ask for a more wonderful son.”
Paul was the managing director of 316 Engineering Limited in Fengate alongside business partner Nick Johnson (44).
Paying tribute to the “most skilled engineer in Peterborough”, Mr Johnson said: “We set up business in Fengate eight years ago .
“When I broke the news to work colleagues and customers, they were just devastated.
“He will be terribly missed by everyone that new him.
“Paul started out as an apprentice but basically taught himself.
“He was very loyal and dedicated to his job and his family, he is irreplaceable.
“He was the best engineer around, you will never find better than him.
“Paul was very giving, he never wanted anything back.”
He added: “He liked to make jokes and would sometimes irritate people.
“Although he was a great businessman, he could often be a child at heart.”
More than 300 people are expected to attend Paul’s funeral at St Peter’s Church in Yaxley, on Thursday at 2pm.
It will be followed by interment at Eastfield Cemetery.
Flora tributes may be sent to Anglia Co-operative Funerals, Whittlesey Road, Stanground, Peterborough, PE2 8RB, or donations, if preferred may be made to The British Heart Foundation at the service.
LOVED AND MISSED: Paul Clark (37) who died of a heart attack.