TRIBUTES have been paid following the shock death of a popular engineer.
Family and friends of Clive Tilley, of Mayfield Road, Winshill, were still in shock after he died suddenly on Sunday evening.
The 52-year-old, who worked for Dixon Engineering, in Swadlincote, was described as being a ‘loveable rouge who would spend his last penny to buy someone else a pint’.
His partner, Linda Pickering, told the Mail: “It was just so sudden – such a shock. We are still trying to come to terms with what has happened.
“He will be best remembered for liking a little flutter on the horses and living life to the full.
“He was popular, kind and very generous.”
Mr Tilley will be well known to Mail readers for his success in fantasy football competitions once run in the paper.
“He was always in the Mail for winning the fantasy football competition – in the end he got that good that he was told you couldn’t enter anymore.
“He was a big Manchester United fan and also loved to follow England.”
Mr Tilley and his partner Linda enjoyed holidaying abroad together and the 52-year-old was a regular at the Dog Inn, in Lichfield Street.
Linda added: “He would always put his hand in his pocket to buy a drink, even if he only had a few pennies left.
“He loved kids and always said ‘I love kids because I used to be one’.
“Clive would also love to tell jokes – he would say the same one over and over again.
“He will be sadly missed by so many people.
“Ever since he has died the phone has not stopped ringing with people phoning to offer their condolences.
“Tributes keep coming and this is a testament to how he was as a person and how well he was liked.
“He had no underlying health problems and seemed fine the other day.
“We are all just so shocked that the lovely man we all loved has been taken from us.”
Mr Tilley is survived by his partner Linda and son Ryan.
Police were called to a property in Hawfield Lane, Winshill, at 11.40pm on Sunday evening following the discovery of Mr Tilley’s body.
A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said that his death was not being treated as suspicious and a report has been passed to the coroner.