Shock death of ‘selfless’ brickie

Loved: Paul Walsh

Loved: Paul Walsh

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A ‘selfless’ dad-of-two suddenly collapsed and died as he worked as a bricklayer alongside his dad and son.

Hundreds of people are expected to attend the funeral of popular Paul Walsh, 44, of Chorley, who has been described as having an ‘infectious smile’.

Paul, who doted on his wife, children and family, collapsed after complaining of an headache while working on a site in Essex.

He was rushed to hospital where he was put on a life support machine, and his devastated family were at his bedside when he died on Tuesday.

Daughter Stacey, 22, said: “We couldn’t have asked for a better dad. We are so proud of him.

“He has always been there for me and my brother Ryan and it is hard to put in to words how much we will miss him – we’ve always been so close.

“We knew he thought the world of us and we loved him to bits. He doted on our mum Sharon and they would do everything together.”

Paul had followed in his father Les’ footsteps and became a bricklayer after leaving Holy Cross High School.

The family of tradesmen went on to form their own partnership, Les Walsh and Sons, before starting their own businesses.

Paul’s teenage son Ryan, 17, had also recently carried on the family tradition.

“He was a belting son,” Les said.

- For more tributes, see this week’s Chorley Guardian