TRIBUTES have been paid to a long-serving employee at a Burton brewery who died after falling ill while at work.
Molson Coors bosses lined up to celebrate the life of Jack Lynam, who took ill suddenly while working at the firm's Burton Brewery site, in Station Street.
Mr Lynam, who lived in Swadlincote, had worked for the firm for 35 years and was described as being an "exemplary and loyal employee" by fellow staff members.
A spokesman for the firm told the Mail: "It is with great sadness that Molson Coors can confirm Jack Lynam, an employee of 35 years' standing, passed away aged 60 after being taken seriously ill at work on Wednesday, July 23.
"After falling ill he was treated at Queen's Hospital, in Burton.
"Jack Lynam was a forklift truck driver within the warehouse team at the Station Street brewery and was planning to retire in September.
"He lived in Swadlincote and is survived by his wife, Lynn Lynam."
Pete Smith, shift manager at the brewery, reflected on his memories of Mr Lynam.
He said: "We are all deeply saddened by Jack's passing.
"He was an exemplary and loyal employee who was liked and respected by everyone who worked with him.
"Our thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time.
"We are also grateful for the great first aid assistance given to Jack by his colleagues, as well as that provided by the medical team from the West Midlands Ambulance Service."
A post-mortem examination is due to be held to establish the exact cause of death.
A major investigation was launched by brewery bosses after Mr Lynam' died while at work's death.
The detailed probe is still under way, according to chiefs.
Mr Lynam is suspected to have suffered a cardiac arrest at around 2pm last Wednesday before being taken to Burton's Queen's Hospital, where he passed away.
Andy Hadley, vice-president of UK and Ireland supply chain at Molson Coors, spoke to the Mail about the 'sad' incident.
He said: "The employee in question was taken by ambulance to Burton's Queen's Hospital, where he sadly passed away."
Bosses at Coors have been flying flags at half mast at its sites across Burton in honour of Mr Lynam.