A DEVOTED dad has died at the age of 40 after collapsing on a golf course.
Paul Thompson was playing a round of golf with his brother-in-law Mark Whelan at Blackburn Golf Club. He had just notched a birdie on the seventh hole when he suffered a suspected heart attack.
He was rushed by ambulance to the Royal Blackburn Hospital where doctors in the critical care unit battled for two days to save his life. But he never regained consciousness and died on Saturday with his wife Deborah and family by his bedside.
Paul, of Sandy Lane, Accrington, was a fit and healthy man with no previous history of heart trouble.
He had married Deborah in 2003, and the couple had two daughters Cara, eight, and Georgia, four.
Devastated Deborah, who had known him since their school days at St Christopher’s High School, said: "He was a lovely man, very kind and loving. I think that is how he would want his daughters to remember him."
Mark said: "Paul would like to be remembered as having a real positive effect on his family and his children. He really was a good egg. He was always there for you and never took the mickey out of anyone."
Paul was a former member of Baxenden Golf Club before moving to Blackburn, where he spent many happy hours on the course.
Mark said: "He was always very fit and active and played at least once a week. We just got back from a golfing holiday to Edinburgh a few weeks ago. We spent a lot of time together."
After leaving school, Paul joined the NatWest Bank and worked in Accrington, Blackburn and Burnley, securing several promotions.
At the time of his death he held a managerial post in risk assessment in Man-chester.
In his younger days, Paul was a keen footballer and managed the Altham juniors team. He still regularly played five-a-side.
He loved regular caravan holidays with his family.
Paul also leaves his parents John and Elizabeth, brother Peter and sister Helen.
A funeral service will take place at St Paul’s Church, Accrington, on Tuesday followed by cremation at Accrington.
The family has requested donations instead of flowers to the East Lancashire Hospital Trust for the use of the critical care unit which fought so hard to save him.