A family have been left ‘utterly heartbroken’ after a loving dad died suddenly, aged 35.
Harold Brown, of Clayton-le-Moors, lost consciousness and died despite desperate attempts by his daughter to resuscitate him on Tuesday, October 13.
The roofer, who had a history of diabetes, woke up feeling ill at 5.45am and asked his partner June Robinson to call into work and tell them he was not going in. When she returned she found him unresponsive and not breathing.
His daughter Danielle Brown, 12, who is first aid trained, battled to resuscitate her father while June was on the phone to the emergency services. But Harold, of Earl Street, was later pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
Harold’s mum Joyce, 69, has said the family are ‘in pieces’.
She said: “We are all utterly heartbroken, Harold will be greatly missed by all.
“He was a caring, loving son and dad. He would do anything for anyone.”
A former pupil of All Saints CE Primary School and then Moorhead High, Harold worked for himself then joined Burnley Roofing Contractors in 2008.
He was a fan of Blackburn and Accrington Stanley and often went to games.
Joyce said the support from the community has been a ‘massive help’.
She said: “Harold had hundreds of friends and we have had messages of support from all over Accrington and Clayton-le-Moors and we are expecting a lot of people to attend his funeral, that has been a real help.
“We are also a very close tight-knit family and we have been supporting each other through this.”
A post-mortem examination was due to take place on Wednesday, October 14. Police said his death was not suspicious.
Joyce said: “We don’t know what happened at the moment, he has a history of diabetes so we don’t know if he went into a diabetic coma. Danielle was amazing and did all she could to help her dad, who she loved very much.”
For Harold’s funeral arrangements contact L Champ Funeral Services, Clayton-le-Moors.