‘HE was a great father and a great husband – that is why it is so cruel’.
Those were the words used by a devastated family as they paid tribute to a Swadlincote postman who tragically lost his life in a car crash.
Charlie Cooper’s partner Tracey and his two daughters Grace and Chloe fought back tears as they spoke publicly for the first time of the ‘perfect’ 49-year-old who died with workmate Stephen O’Brien at Willesley Woodside, near Ashby.
The family, who lived together in Middle Close, said that ‘things would never be the same’ following his tragic death.
His partner Tracey told the Mail: “He would do anything for his family, he just loved all of us so much – he would have walked to the end of the earth for any of us.
“He would drop anything to do things for us. He was amazing.
“He never took anything seriously, was always up for a laugh and was just a really big kid.
The couple had lunch together on Wednesday, July 24 – just a matter of hours before Charlie’s fateful trip home from work in Ashby.
Tracey said: “I had lunch with him the day he died and got to kiss him at the door and wave him off.
“I texted him at 5.34pm and he texted back three minutes later.
“The last time I ever spoke to him was 13 minutes before he died and it was a text message full of kisses. At least I will always have that.”
His daughter, 18-year-old Grace, revealed how she would remember her father.
She said: “He loved the sun and liked nothing better than relaxing with a beer and a barbecue in the garden.
“He was a family man and would help anyone. He was genuine and well loved.
“He doted on us all and loved his dog bubbles – he called is his four girls.”
Tracey, 41, had been with Charlie for 20 years.
“We were a unit and worked well together,” she said.
“He loved theme parks, kickboxing and football. He was a massive Chelsea supporter.
“As a father, the girls were his world.
“He was perfect and I would do anything to have him back.
“We were perfect together and things will never be the same again
“He was my first love and I have got so many memories.”