Tributes have been paid to a keen runner who “lived every moment”, following his sudden death at the age of just 52.
Accrington-born David Richardson died in hospital shortly after collapsing at his home.
The cause of his death is not yet known, but his family believe it was caused by a possible brain haemorrhage.
His sister Deborah Clark said: “He was just a lovely person, and someone who lived every moment.
“We are all heartbroken. He was fit and healthy, and passed away so suddenly.”
David was born and grew up in Accrington, attending both Accrington Grammar School and Accrington and Rossendale College, before leaving to study Electronic Engineering at the University of Liverpool.
After graduating, he moved to Somerset, where he began his career designing aviation equipment for Normalair Garrett and Westlands Aviation.
He had a successful career in the aviation industry, before moving on to a wedding and waistcoat design business with his partner Denise.
David, who lived in Yeovil, was a veteran member of the town’s running club, but only took up the sport when he was in his 40s.
Deborah said: “I think he saw his waistline expanding and decided he needed to do something about it.
“He soon became passionate about running and ran 10 miles every day. I know everyone at the running club is very upset.”
Along with sister Deborah, David leaves his partner Denise, his parents Harry and Edna, his brother Stephen and many nieces and nephews.
Deborah added: “He was completely devoted to Denise, and they were together for over 20 years.
“He didn’t have any children of his own, but he doted on his nieces and nephews and was a fantastic uncle.
“We are devastated, but we take comfort in knowing he lived a very full and happy 52 years.”
He passed away at Yeovil Hospital shortly after collapsing on June 21.
Following his funeral in Somerset, a memorial service will be held in Accrington on Sunday, July 26 at Emmanuel Pentecostal Church, Oxford Street, for David’s friends and family based in the town to celebrate his life.
Donations in David’s memory can be made to Community Solutions North West’s Start With Sport project, which helps bring high quality sports training to children, families and communities.