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A devastated family is hoping to raise £3,000 to bring the body of a much-loved Ordsall DJ David Reilly, who also worked at Asda in Trafford Park as a security guard, home after he collapsed at the airport in Fuerteventura

Father-of-four and grandfather-of-eight David Reilly was waiting for a coach transfer with his family in Fuerteventura when he was suddenly taken ill at the airport coach park.

Relatives of the popular DJ and supermarket worker are now hoping to raise £3,000 to bring him home from the Canary Islands, where he had arrived to enjoy a week-long sunshine break with his wife Janet, youngest son Lewis, 19, and grandchildren, Connor and Jack, seven and four.

His eldest son Christopher Birkhead, 27, said: “We are waiting for the insurance company to sort out the details. He was insured but they are checking if the insurance covers his death and bringing him home. “They are looking at his policy but it isn’t looking good. We need to raise £3,000 to bring him home where he belongs as soon as possible. “We are all devastated and we want him back home where he deserves to be.

He added: “Dad was such a caring, loving family man and he is going to be missed by all his family and friends and his grandchildren Connor, Jack, Lacie, Miya, Ellie, Jake, Josh and Taleah.”

The 56-year-old, who played pool for Eccles Pool League at the Bricklayers Arms in Ordsall, died of a suspected heart attack on Saturday afternoon.

Paying tribute to his father Christopher added: “He was a loveable family man. “He would do anything for anyone, even if he didn’t know you. “He would light up a room. He was always joking and if you needed cheering up you would definitely go to dad.”

Mr Reilly worked in pubs in the area as a DJ and was known as ‘DJ Dave’. He worked weekends at the Bricklayers Arms and the White Lion in Eccles. And for the past 13 years he worked as a security guard for Asda at Trafford Park, where he was popular among his colleagues and with customers.

A condolence book has been set up in store and a bag-packing event will be held in store from 10am to 2pm tomorrow to raise funds for Mr Reilly’s family. An online fundraising page has so far raised over £900.

Asda community life champion Catharine Arnold said: “He was a very well-liked colleague. “He was very chatty, down-to-earth and popular with everyone at the store.”

Manchester Evening News 3rd December 2014

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