A POPULAR football coach who died last week has been described as a ‘wonderful man’ by his friends.
Jamie Boyd, of Sumach Close, Hampden Park, was found dead at his home on Friday (April 13).
His body was found at the address at around 5.20pm and police and ambulance crews were called to the scene.
The father-of-three was a former Hampden Park School pupil.
His family and the local football world has been left devastated by the sudden loss.
Jamie lived with his wife Michelle, also known as Minnie, and their children Jasmin, Billy and Scarlet.
He was a keen footballer and was always involved in playing football for various local clubs.
Jamie was actively involved with coaching youth football and started working for Brighton and Hove Albion in the Community (AITC), which is a charitable organisation, in 2007.
He soon became a key figure in development of AITC schemes running in East Sussex.
Andy Stoodley, sports participation officer at Brighton and Hove Albion in the Community, said, “Jamie was a character and always had a smile on his face. The kids responded to his effervescent character and he had the ability to bring out the best in all he came into contact with.
“Jamie became my close friend and we worked alongside each other on many courses in schools and clubs as well as development centres and holiday courses in East Sussex.”
As Jamie’s knowledge and understanding grew, he gained qualifications in his field and became head coach for the Eastbourne, Seaford and Hailsham area.
He was also involved with coaching at Eastbourne Borough Football Club.
Andy also spoke on behalf of Jamie’s family and said, “This is a very sad time for all the local football world, both youth and senior, and Jamie’s passing will be felt around the Eastbourne area for a very long time.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Jamie’s family at this time.
“I have spoken with Jamie’s family and they do not wish to make a public comment at this time, but they do wish to express the heartfelt thanks for all the messages of support and condolence at this very traumatic time.
“Jamie’s passing has obviously had a devastating effect on the whole family and they wish to be given time to come to terms with their loss in private.”
Jamie was a New Year’s Day baby born in 1975.
He featured in the pages of the Herald because he was the first baby born in that year.
Anyone wishing to send a personal message of condolence is asked to write to c/o Andy Stoodley, The American Express Community Stadium, Village Way, Brighton BN1 9BL.
Friends were also paying tribute to Jamie on Facebook the day after his death.
Serena Nicholls said, “I don’t know what to say. We just can’t believe it. You were a great friend to us and a wonderful man.
“You will be so sadly missed. Hugs and kisses to Minnie and the kids.”
Natanya Anastasia Carmichael also wrote a tribute on Facebook.
She said, “So sad. You were a good friend and my thoughts are with your family.”
A police spokesperson said, “There are no suspicious circumstances and the matter has been passed to the coroner’s officer.”
A post mortem is due to take place shortly.”