Grief at loss of ‘a di­a­mond’ dad

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update - By TARA DUN­DON

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.

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