Family’s heartbreak over dad’s sudden death at 37

Missed: Jamie 'Jambon' Farrington with his daughter Jodie
Missed: Jamie 'Jambon' Farrington with his daughter Jodie
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A Chorley family have spoken of their heartbreak after a lovable father-of-two died suddenly at the age of 37.

Jamie Farrington, who was known to his friends as ‘Jambon’ - as he was known- died at Royal Preston Hospital, last Saturday.

His Facebook page has been inundated with messages of condolence after news of his shock death broke.

His eldest daughter Jodie, 16, said her family was still trying to come to terms with what had happened, as she paid tribute to her out-going dad.

She said: “He was a really funny person and could get on with anybody. He was just a really nice guy and was a bit crazy too.

“He had been in Chorley hospital, but when we went to visit him on Thursday we were told that he had been rushed to Preston hospital because he had started to deteriorate. My grandma had taken him in with problems with his leg, but I never thought it was this serious.

“I got a phone call on Thursday night to tell me I needed to get to the hospital urgently and he died on Saturday. We were all with him when it happened.” Jodie, who also has a little sister Maya, six, said her dad, who lived in Valley View, had worked for many years as a window cleaner in Chorley and had loved his job.

She added: “I always knew he was popular, but I didn’t realise just how many friends he had until people started writing on his Facebook page after he died.

“I still can’t get my head around the fact that he won’t be coming home. I almost forget for a few minutes and then it hits me. He was only 20 years old when he had me. So he was a young dad and was always making us laugh. We’re just trying to keep it together now.” Jodie, who is studying health and social care at college, said funeral arrangements for the avid Manchester United fan were being finalised.

His sister, Tracey Clitheroe said: “He was a good guy, a good dad, a good son, brother, uncle and friend. He was an absolute scream and didn’t act 37 as he was a big kid at heart.

“He was known as a bit of a nutter, but he was not nasty with it – he just loved to have a laugh and we can’t believe he has gone. We have a big family and I think everyone is in shock.

“He was a real character and he will be very sadly missed by everyone who knew him.”