By Patrick LowmanA DEVOTED husband died of a broken heart after losing his much-loved wife six years before, his grieving family have said.Now well-wishers at Mick Smith's funeral will be asked to support the charity that helped fulfil his “beloved” niece's life-time dream by funding a trip to Florida so she could swim with dolphins.
By Patrick Lowman
A DEVOTED husband died of a broken heart after losing his much-loved wife six years before, his grieving family have said.
Now well-wishers at Mick Smith's funeral will be asked to support the charity that helped fulfil his “beloved” niece's life-time dream by funding a trip to Florida so she could swim with dolphins.
Mr Smith, 55, was found dead at his home in Beech Croft, Brinkley, near Newmarket, on December 15 following a heart attack.
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His sister, Jackie Sharpe, said he had suffered from depression since his 45-year-old wife and childhood sweetheart, Pam, died six years earlier after a sudden heart attack at home.
“Mick is now where he wanted to be - in heaven with his wife Pam,” said Mrs Sharpe, who also lives in Beech Croft.
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“He died of a heart attack, but his health had deteriorated ever since he lost Pam. He never got over her death and suffered with depression. He died of a broken heart.
“Although we are sad, we are also happy because he is now where he wants to be and is back with Pam.”
Mr Smith had dated Pam since the age of 14, with the couple going on to spend their life together in Brinkley.
Prior to his death, Mr Smith spent 25 years working for Grampian Foods in Little Wratting, near Haverhill.
The 55-year-old also enjoyed a close relationship with Mrs Sharpe's daughter, Gillian, who suffers from Down Syndrome and a heart condition and was given a life expectancy of just 15 years.
But, now aged 23, Gillian has defied the odds, fulfilling her life-time wish of swimming with dolphins in Florida after celebrating her 21st birthday.
The trip was funded by the Dreams Come True Charity, which helps seriously and terminally ill children, and well-wishers at Mr Smith's funeral will be asked to donate to the cause to improve life for more youngsters.
Mrs Sharpe added: “Mick was extremely close to Gillian and always tried to help her.
“When she went swimming with dolphins, he was so happy, you would have thought he was going himself.
“He liked to help everybody and that is why we are asking for donations at his funeral. It is what he would have wanted.”
Mr Smith's funeral will be held at noon at St Mary's Church, Brinkley, on Thursday.