Shock death of Clitheroe man (28)

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A PROUD brother has paid tribute to his “genuine, kind, loving and caring” younger brother who collapsed and died while out walking his dog.

Andrew Lord was rushed to Royal Blackburn Hospital on January 3rd after collapsing in Highfield Road, Clitheroe. He died later that day aged 28.

His brother, Richard described Andrew as his “best friend” and said his sudden death had devastated the family.

Andrew was born at what was Queens Park Hospital, Blackburn, and was diagnosed with a hole in his heart at birth. He spent the first few days of his life at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool. At the age of one he underwent open heart surgery.

Brought up in Clitheroe, he attended Ribblesdale Nursery and then went to Westholme School, Blackburn. He also attended Oakhill College, Whalley, but struggled with learning difficulties.

Later he transferred to Blackamoor Special School, Blackburn, which closed in 2000, where he was head boy in his final year.

Speaking about his time at Blackamoor, Richard (32) said: “Andrew did extremely well at this school. He was also supportive to a lot of his peers.”

On leaving school, he studied NVQs at Myerscough College and completed life skills courses in Burnley and Clitheroe.

Andrew was heavily involved in amateur dramatics in Clitheroe, Blackburn, Accrington and Oswaldtwistle. He was a former member of Buddies, the youth arm of Accrington Theatre Group and was involved in Blackburn Musical Theatre Company and Clitheroe Amateur Dramatics. Richard, who previously lived in Clitheroe, but has now moved to Poulton-Le-Fylde, said Andrew seemed to know everybody.

He added: “In his spare time, Andrew loved collecting models of buses, trams and trucks. In fact, he enjoyed anything related to transport and filled the family home’s double garage with the models he had collected!

Richard said that, despite the deaths of pair’s mother, Karina, last year from cancer and their dad, Harry, 10 years ago, Andrew continued to live at the family home in Gills Croft, Clitheroe, but was looking forward to moving to a new flat in Woone Lane. He also worked for several years as a part-time domestic assistant at Calderstones Hospital.

“The house was too big for him and Andrew was looking forward to moving somewhere smaller. Despite his previous heart surgery, Andrew developed into a healthy, strong young fit man and made the most of life.”

Richard said: “Andrew was a lovely person with a bright personality. He touched everyone who knew him. He was a genuine, caring and loving individual.”

An inquest has been opened and adjourned into Andrew’s death. A funeral service will be held at Skipton Crematorium on Tuesday, at 10-20 a.m. It will be family flowers only and donations in memory of Andrew may be given for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital Imagine Appeal, c/o Mr. R. Lord, 2 Kinder Corner, Poulton-le-Fylde, FY6 7FQ.

There’s more on this tragic story in today’s Clitheroe Advertiser & Times