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Tributes paid to popular postman after sudden death

19 Apr 2017, 13:18

http://www.loughboroughecho.net/news/lo ... r-12910088

Ian Blake, or ‘Blakey’ as he was known lived in Shepshed and passed away aged 50, on Friday, March 24.

TRIBUTES have been made by the family of a much loved postman from who has delivered mail in the area for 30 years after he sadly passed away.

Ian Blake, or ‘Blakey’ as he was known lived in Shepshed and passed away aged 50, on Friday, March 24.

Ian born on April 9, 1966, had been a postman in Loughborough since his early 20s and for the last 30 years had delivered letters and parcels “with a smile on his face every day” to the Park Road, Berwick Road and Beacon Road areas of Loughborough.

Ian met his partner Donna Gibson 21 years ago on a blind date at the Top Railway in Shepshed - which is where a celebration of his life was held after his funeral on Thursday, April 6.

Donna said that postman from all over the area that Ian had worked with including those that had retired attended the funeral and said: “The turnout was fantastic and it was a lovely celebration of his life.

“Ian was a lovely gentleman who was always dancing around and singing and was one of the happiest people I ever knew.”

Donna told the Echo that Ian had gone into the Forest Road surgery in Shepshed on March 24, because of a pain in his shoulder, and then all of a sudden collapsed.

Donna said that the Leicestershire and Rutland air ambulance took Ian to Leicester Royal Infirmary, and doctors and paramedics tried to bring him back around however after several attempts they weren’t able to save him.

Donna said that the air ambulance crew and all the doctors and paramedics were “fantastic” and that the family and friends had raised over £1,000 in donations to the air ambulance.

She said: “Every member of the team worked so hard but in the end it was time to say goodbye, we are asking anyone who knew Ian, that rather than sending flowers and cards to make a donation.

Donna, 53, said that local residents had left bunches of flowers and messages at the spot where Ian used to leave his red trolley when he was delivering his post on Beacon Road, Loughborough.

Ian was father to Hannah Blake 18, and step father to Sarah Gibson, 28.

Donna said: “He was a father to Sarah and loved every one of the kids the same, he loved Sarah’s son Lucas (2) so much as well.”

Ian’s daughter Hannah said: “He was a fantastic dad and I loved him so much, I’m going to miss him and his singing and dancing everyday.

“Everyone who he used to deliver post to loved him because he always had time for everyone.”

To donate visit www.theairambulanceservice.org.uk

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