Char­ity trustee died af­ter heart at­tack

Accrington Observer - - NEWS - JON MACPHER­SON

TRIB­UTES have been paid to a grandad whose death was orig­i­nally treated as ‘un­ex­plained’.

Stu­art Davies, of By­ron Close, Oswaldtwistle, was a for­mer trustee and ‘stal­wart sup­porter’ of Lau­ren’s Place which helps with ado­les­cent men­tal health is­sues.

Stu­art, 65, suf­fered a sud­den heart at­tack at home and passed away on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 15.

Po­lice launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter be­ing called to his home.

Of­fi­cers ex­am­ined the pos­si­bil­ity he was in­volved in a mi­nor col­li­sion near to Tesco Ex­press the pre­vi­ous day. Hyn­d­burn Po­lice later con­firmed that his death is not be­ing treated as sus­pi­cious.

Stu­art’s son Alan said his death came as a ‘big shock’.

He said: “It was a heart at­tack. My dad has had a heart at­tack in the past and when­ever he has had any heart is­sues he would call for an am­bu­lance and get the care he needed.

“On this oc­ca­sion there’s no ev­i­dence of him call­ing for help so we think it was very, very sud­den. I don’t think there was any warn­ing at all.

“He had a fall and a bit of a car bump but there’s no ev­i­dence that his death is con­nected to that in any way. He has had falls be­cause of his arthri­tis and back prob­lems.

“We don’t re­ally know on that day if his heart was giv­ing him trou­ble so he was not as strong as he nor­mally was. I spoke to him the day be­fore and he was ab­so­lutely fine.”

Re­tired ma­jor ac­count man­ager Stu­art moved to Hyn­d­burn from Bask­ingstoke about ten years ago and helped set up Lau­ren’s Place in 2014.

The char­ity was formed af­ter Lau­ren John­son, 17, from Oswaldtwistle, fell from the Ac­cring­ton Arn­dale Shop­ping Cen­tre.

Alan, from Southamp­ton, said: “He was very much in­volved and it was clearly some­thing that was very im­por­tant to him. He was al­ways a re­ally fun guy and peo­ple al­ways en­joyed be­ing around him. He was a real peo­ple per­son and al­ways wanted to help.

“He was re­ally into lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

A Lau­ren’s Place spokesper­son said: “We are very sad to re­ceive news of the pass­ing of Stu­art Davies a for­mer trustee and stal­wart sup­porter of Lau­ren’s Place.

“You will be missed Stu­art. Rest in peace and sin­cere con­do­lences to your fam­ily friends.”

MR Stu­art Eric Davies, of By­ron Close, Oswaldtwistle, died on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 15, aged 65.

Stu­art was a for­mer Ma­jor Ac­counts Man­ager at AGFA.

One of the found­ing mem­bers of Lau­ren’s Place, Stu­art was de­voted to his dog Molly and en­joyed meet­ing daily with his friends Tom and Hughie.

Stu­art was fa­ther to Kirstie Bur­bridge and Alan Davies, grand­fa­ther to Amelia, Ben, Olivia, El­liot, and Jowan, brother to Ca­role Green and the late Pauline Reeves.

The fu­neral will take place on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 1 at 10.20am at Ac­cring­ton Cre­ma­to­rium Chapel, of­fi­ci­ated by Rev Philip Nor­ris.

Fam­ily flow­ers only please. Do­na­tions are re­quested to The Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion.

Fu­neral di­rec­tor: Hyn­d­burn Fu­neral Ser­vices, 336 Union Road, Oswaldtwistle.

● Stu­art Davies

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