The heartbroken family of a much-loved 33-year-old man who died unexpectedly have spoken of their total shock and utter devastation.
Gareth John Roberts, from Amble, passed away on Wednesday, September 2, after suffering from septicaemia.
His sudden death has left his family and those who knew sociable Gareth – described as kind-hearted and generous with a heart of gold – feeling stunned and numb.
A fund-raising campaign has been launched by some of those close to him to help his parents, John Roberts and Helen Coulson, pay for his funeral.
Gareth, who had learning difficulties, also leaves behind sister Teresa, 34, and brothers Shaun, 30, and John, 20.
“We are all shocked,” said dad John, 61. “He was a loving son and will be a massive miss.”
Helen, 56, added: “He would do anything for anyone and nobody had a bad word to say about him.
“If he saw an old person struggling with their shopping, he would help them. Or, if anybody needed some gardening done, he would ask if he could do it. He would talk to anybody, even if he didn’t know them.”
Loving Gareth adored his family and doted on his four young nieces and nephews, Caitlin, 14, Liam, six, Mia-Jae, five, and Conner, four, as well as his auntie Sherrie, uncle Graham and granny Ada.
Helpful Gareth loved painting and gardening, as well as dressing up and going on days out, especially to Beamish Museum, which was his ‘pride and joy’.
Spending time at Amble Harbour was another hobby and it is hoped that a bench can be placed there in his memory. Flowers will also be left at the harbour.
Youngest brother John and his friends Steven and Samantha Punton have started the fund-raising mission for Gareth’s funeral. John said: “My mum and dad have supported me through my life and now I want to support them. We really want to give Gareth the send-off he deserves.”
The funeral is on Tuesday at Amble Methodist Church at 1pm. It is open to everyone and mourners can bring flowers.
Dad John said: “His coffin will be brought in to Unchained Melody. We will also play I Want To Break Free, because Gareth loved to do the housework, as well as Coming Home Newcastle, because that was his ring tone.”
Niece Caitlin is writing a poem and will read it at the service. His family have thanked the community for all the support and best wishes.