Tributes paid to tragic father

TRIBUTES have been paid to a father of two young children who died suddenly from heart problems.Paramedics made desperate attempts to save 33-year-old Jeremy Hyde after he woke with severe chest pains early last Monday but they were unsuccessful and the Ferrari fanatic was pronounced dead later in West Suffolk Hospital.

TRIBUTES have been paid to a father of two young children who died suddenly from heart problems.

Paramedics made desperate attempts to save 33-year-old Jeremy Hyde after he woke with severe chest pains early last Monday but they were unsuccessful and the Ferrari fanatic was pronounced dead later in West Suffolk Hospital.

Friends and family have paid moving tributes to the devoted father and husband, who lived with his wife and children at Whepstead, near Bury St Edmunds.

Despite the tragedy, the family vowed to continue with plans to celebrate Mr Hyde's son Jack's sixth birthday at the weekend.


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They have also decided to set up a trust fund for local charities in memory of Mr Hyde, who was a medical diagnostics distributor with no history of heart problems.

Dr Steve Ohlsen, who was Mr Hyde's employer at his firm in Lawshall near Bury, said his friend and employee's widow Melanie had insisted the party for their son, Jack, take place.

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He said: “Mel has excellent family support and lots of friends. It was a total shock for his wife to wake up as he woke up at 2am with chest pains. The paramedics came but they couldn't do anything for him.”

Dr Ohlsen said Mr Hyde, who also leaves a nine-year-old daughter, Jessica, would be remembered as an adoring father, good friend and able worker.

He said: “You always knew where you where with Jeremy he was very straight with you. He was a very honest man who was passionate about life, his family and injustices in the world.”

The businessman said one of his fondest memories of his friend was seeing him arriving for work with his wrist in a splint.

The repetitive strain injury he was suffering from had been caused by overindulgence in computer games, he said.

Dr Ohlsen also read a statement on behalf of the Hyde family, which told of their devastation at their loss.

It said: “There is a huge sense of loss. It is sheer bewilderment and it is going to take us a long time to heal. It has come as a total shock.”

Mr Hyde's funeral service will take place on Wednesday at St Petronella Church, Whepstead, at 11am.

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