Devastated daughter Shannon Middleton has paid tribute to her ‘super kind’ dad who died after suffering three cardiac arrests.
Port Vale fan Eddie Middleton was a full-time carer to Shannon and his wife Charlotte who both have epilepsy – despite having his own health battles.
Now the family have launched an online appeal to try to raise money towards the grandfather-of-five’s funeral.
Shannon says she had a panic attack when her dad was taken ill.
The 21-year-old said: “My mum and dad were married for almost 26 years and he has always been there because he has been our carer. It has hit us hard.”
“A lot of people knew him and he was a very happy man. He would do anything for anyone and would cheer you up.
“Dad was funny, he was super kind and he loved his kids and grandkids, family meant the world to him. He would praise the ground that we’d walk on and loved my mum with all his heart.
“He watched football a lot and loved Port Vale. He always told me he was born in black and white nappies. He also loved gardening.
“He used to take me and my twin to Westport Lake every weekend where we would sit together and just laugh. Even though he wasn’t well he put everyone else before him.”
It is hoped that the funeral can take place at Carmountside Crematorium on February 15.
Shannon added: “My mum has constantly been on the phone. We are trying to sort out funeral plans and money is scarce. It was all in my dad’s bank account and now he is dead they won’t give us access.
“I want to help my family out as much as I can. It’s going towards all the funeral costs. To give him a good send-off would mean everything to us. He was such a good man who deserves the world and more.
“It’s been a difficult time for the family but we are really grateful for all the donations we have got so far, it’s been amazing.”
Paramedics had been called to the Sprinkbank Road property after being alerted to the ‘medical emergency’ at 1.30am on Wednesday, January 20.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Two ambulances attended the scene. We discovered a man in a serious condition. Crews administered specialist trauma care at the scene before transporting the patient to the Royal Stoke University Hospital for further treatment.”
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