Farewell to pop­u­lar and brave Richy, 31

Midweek Visiter - - Rotary Round-up - BY TOM DUFFY tom.duffy@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @tab­duffy

THE fam­ily of a Crosby man who died aged 31 have paid trib­ute to the brav­ery and de­ter­mi­na­tion he dis­played in over­com­ing his health prob­lems over the years.

Richy Cain died in his sleep last Mon­day at home in Crosby. The Sa­cred Heart old boy was a keen crick­eter, foot­baller and golfer.

Richy ap­peared as a stand up co­me­dian and pro­moted com­edy events at so­cial and sport­ing clubs in the area.

Richy left be­hind his par­ents Mike and He­len, his brother Chris, sis­ter Claire, brother-in-law Ben and nephew Ryan.

Chris Cain told the Visiter how his brother had suf­fered from epilepsy in the past. He said: “Richy had to over­come a lot of ad­ver­sity in his life. He un­der­went brain surgery as a five-year-old. And then he had to have a hip re­place­ment op­er­a­tion at just 21. He suf­fered from epilepsy in the past.

“Richy was some­one who I ad­mired greatly for what he was as a man. He never ever com­plained. I would like to thank ev­ery­one who helped him over the years, from health vis­i­tors to his close friends.

“Richy loved sport. He played golf for West Lancs and foot­ball for Water­loo GSOB FC. And he loved his cricket too, play­ing for MCS Dy­namos. I think my most re­cent mem­ory of him was last week when he played in goal for my team. He made a mas­sive save at the end and we looked out for him.”

Co­me­dian and fes­ti­val or­gan­iser Brendan Ri­ley said: “Richy came on one of my com­edy cour­ses years ago. He was lovely gi­ant of a man who used to light up like a Christ­mas tree when he was on stage.

“He was a very pop­u­lar per­son and all his mates would come out to sup­port his events at clubs like the Brown­moor in Crosby. I found out about his death the other night and I am gut­ted.”

Trib­utes to Richy on so­cial me­dia in­cluded Water­loo GSOB FC, which tweeted: “Ev­ery­one... is shocked and deeply sad­dened to hear of the sud­den pass­ing of Richy Cain. Richy was great lad and has been a mas­sive part of this club on and off the pitch his whole life.

“He stood on the line as a kid watch­ing his dad play in goal for GSOB, then went on to be­come a keeper for Water­loo him­self. Only two weeks ago he was out there for us and en­sured the lads got all three points.

‘‘Our deep­est sym­pa­thy goes out to all of Richie’s fam­ily and friends, he will be missed mas­sively.”

won 3-2. So thanks Richy.“Richy was a big Liver­pool FC fan. I re­mem­ber when he got to meet his hero Rob­bie Fowler. He idolised him. He was a unique per­son and an in­spi­ra­tion. He will be a big part of my life for­ever.”Richy ini­tially trained as a joiner but was forced out of the job due to his health prob­lems. He later worked in health­care, and then joined the prison ser­vice. He was based at HMP Liver­pool.His dad Mike said: “Richy was a gen­tle gi­ant who loved life de­spite what it threw at him. I would like to thank ev­ery­one who helped him through ad­ver­sity over the years, from medics to pals from sport and on the com­edy cir­cuit. We all

Hugely pop­u­lar: Crosby man Richy Cain, far right, with his fam­ily and, be­low left, cradling his god­son

Richy with sis­ter Claire and brother Chris

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