The family of an Eastbourne man who died suddenly at his home earlier this month say they have been overwhelmed by tributes paid to him.
Paul Samson died in the early hours of Wednesday morning last week aged 59.
Paul, who worked as a personal chauffeur, lived in Kirkstall Close with his wife Janette and children Luke, Jacey, Lenny, Dan and Kieren.
Paul had recently returned from a holiday in Germany with his family.
He collapsed and died after feeling unwell. His funeral is on October 12 at 11.30am at Eastbourne Crematorium.
This week his family said they had been overwhelmed by messages of love and support from people across Eastbourne and online through Facebook and other social media.
His widow Janette said, “Paul was always so positive and loved life. We had been together 30 years and he was my best friend, my rock. He has left a gaping hole in our lives. We miss him so much.
“Paul was a real people person. He loved to talk to people and was an excessively happy man. We have had so many messages from people we didn’t know who said he had helped them and given them support.”
Paul was born and bred in Eastbourne and was also known as Sam, Sammy, Monkey Boy and Da. He went to Hampden Park Infant School, Highfield and Hampden Park Secondary. He worked as a taxi driver before setting up his own business as a chauffeur.
Only recently he and his family went away to celebrate his and Janette’s renewal of their wedding vows.
He also enjoyed Formula One, vintage cars, gardening and supporting Eastbourne Town ladies football teams.
“He lived and breathed Eastbourne,” said Janette, “a real Hampden Park boy.
“We as a family want to thank everyone who has written, send cards, posted messages on Facebook. It has really helped us come to terms with this.
“We would also like to say a huge thanks to Eastbourne Town Football Club and Anita at Payne & Sons as they both have been amazing throughout this horrific time.
“Eastbourne Town FC will also be holding a charity match for him which will be advertised nearer the time.”
Paul’s family has asked that mourners can send flowers to his funeral through Payne & Sons in Seaside or make a donation to his favourite charity, Guide Dogs for the Blind.
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