Family of David Ryding pay tribute to ex-soldier who died in Rugby

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The wife of David Ryding who died following an altercation in Rugby on Sunday has described him as a ‘true hero’.

Mr Ryding died in hospital at 3.30am on Monday following an incident that occured near the taxi rank at the clock tower in Market Place at 5am on Sunday.

The former soldier, 26, from Merseyside leaves behind wife Nicola and daughter Mollie.

The family of Mr Ryding have today (Wednesday) released the following tribute to him:

“David Ryding was a true hero who touched the lives of all who met him. He was a fun loving character and the world will not be the same without him. In our short time together he managed to turn our lives upside down and taught me what true happiness really was.

“He wanted nothing more than to make a difference to the world we live in. He served for our country alongside many and I was so proud to call him my husband. He was always trying to better himself to provide a better life for me and our daughter.

“David was a son, father, brother, friend... a role model.

“All he ever wanted was to be surrounded by his loving friends and family and would be so proud knowing that the people he loved most came together for his final hours.

“Can I please ask that people do not speculate about what happened that night as the events from that night will become clear following the investigation.

“For the future I hope that this makes people aware of the devastating consequences of what is an everyday occurrence.

“There is small comfort knowing that others have gained a new lease of life following the organ donation. I cannot encourage people enough to sign up for organ donation, it takes just five minutes and you could save a life, David saved three! He was a true hero right to the end.

“Mollie and myself will miss David dearly, our hearts have been shattered.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the wonderful work the team at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire gave to David during his final hours they were all truly amazing and made the process that little bit easier.

“Sweet dreams my love, we will meet again one day, my best friend, my husband........ my soul mate.”

Following the death of Mr Ryding on Monday, a 21 year old Rugby man was arrested on suspicion or muder and has since been bailed by police pending further enquiries.