TRIBUTES have been paid to a dedicated family man from Seaford who died on Christmas Day.
Trevor Herriott, described by his family as “the life and soul of the party”, bravely battled against bowel and secondary liver cancer.
The 55-year-old, who lived in Lexden Road with his wife of 32 years Caroline and their three sons, was born in Newhaven and attended Tideway School.
He met wife Caroline at a blind date.
Caroline said, “I used to work with a friend who was Trevor’s best mate and she said to do a blind date.
“Trevor thought I was someone else so he had a bit of a shock but we had been married for nearly 33 years.”
After the pair married in St Leonard’s Church, Seaford, they went on to have three sons – Simon, 29, Matt, 27, and 24-year-old Rob.
Trevor was well-known in the community and worked in various jobs throughout the years, including as a retained firefighter, which saw him in action when the bombing of the Grand Hotel in Brighton took place in 1984.
He was also a delivery driver for Dean Meats in Newhaven, which earned him the affectionate nickname “Trevor the Pie Man”.
He was also a taxi driver for 10 years and most recently worked for Brighton & Hove Buses.
Rob said his dad was philosophical throughout his illness, adding, “I worked in Morrisons to supplement my university course and I could hear my dad in one of the aisles. His laugh was quite obvious.
“He was a dedicated family man and hard working until the end to make sure we were all right.”
And son Matt said, “He was a jolly man whose smile would light up a room.”
The avid Arsenal supporter also managed Seaford Seagulls, a local football club for eight years, and enjoyed watching the cricket as well as gardening.
Despite his condition deteriorating, Trevor, who also leaves behind two brothers and two sisters, was able to enjoy a family meal on December 18, a week before he died.
In a letter to the family, Roger French, managing director of Brighton and Hove Buses, described Trevor as a ‘model employee’ and added, “One of the qualities we all admired in Trevor was his amazing positivity.
“We really were all so impressed and touched by his approach and the memory of his positive manner will live with us all for always.”
Trevor’s funeral was held at St Leonard’s Church on Monday. The packed service was attended by friends, family and work colleagues.
The family would like to thank everyone for their messages of condolence and support.