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Harold Hill residents are paying tribute to a beloved postman who died after injuring himself while playing football.
People are displaying red ribbons all over the Briar Road estate in memory of Craig Thomas.
Craig was playing football on his birthday on May 26 when he injured his knee and severed his ligament.
The 46-year-old had a wire cable fitted and was taking medication to thin his blood.
However he developed a blood clot which travelled to his heart and he died on June 30.
Craig's dad, Arthur Thomas, told the Recorder: "Craig was a wonderful chap.
"He started delivering post when he was 16.
"He loved it and he would always stop to have a chat.
"One woman said that when she told [Craig] she was ill, he knocked every day to ask how she was."
Craig worked as a postman for 31 years and was particularly known by residents in the Briar Road estate area.
"I'd like to thank everyone for their messages of condolences and also the many sympathy cards that we have received," said Arthur.