A FAMILY has paid tribute to a devoted husband, uncle and father-of-four who died suddenly aged 46.
Loved ones and friends packed St Paul’s Church, Low Moor, yesterday for the funeral of Paul Marden. A keen Manchester United fan, he suffered from long-term angina and died while gardening.
Born and brought up in Manchester, Mr Marden moved to Clitheroe more than 20 years ago and worked at the former Rectalla site. He met his wife, Sonia, about 17 years ago and the couple married in 1996 at Trinity Methodist Church, Clitheroe.
Mr Marden had two children, Kim and Shane, from a previous relationship and had two more children, Nathan (12) and Nicole (13), with Sonia.
For the past eight years, he had worked at Ultraframe.
Paying tribute to a “loving and caring man”, Sonia said: “Paul was very well liked and respected by his friends and colleagues. He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him.
“I would like to thank all my friends and family who have rallied round and supported us, especially those that finished the garden project Paul had started. It means so much to us and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
Mr Marden’s children also paid tribute to a “fantastic dad”. Nicole said: “My dad was the most amazing man to me. I remember people always used to say to me ‘you’re such a daddy’s little girl’ and I always will be. My dad was always full of laughter and joy and I will never forget him.”
Similar sentiments were echoed by Nathan, who said: “My dad always took me to football no matter what the weather. He would always watch me play and was so proud of my football.”
Mr Marden is survived by his wife, children, brothers Ian and Peter Marden and sister, Janet Evans Platt.