A much-loved Rugby man who was a milkman in the town for many years has died suddenly.
Paul Marriott, affectionately known as ‘Milky’ and ‘Milko’, passed away in hospital on December 2, aged 56.
He suffered a heart attack and died peacefully surrounded by his loved ones.
Paul, who grew up in Rugby, was a devoted family man who lived in Badby Leys.
His family said they are ‘heartbroken’ at their loss.
Paul’s wife Sandra said: “We are still coming to terms with the shock.
“Paul was as large as life. He was a loveable fun-loving character, caring, and a real joker who gave everything 100 per cent.”
Paul enjoyed his job as a milkman, serving the people of Rugby for 18 years.
“Everyone loved him and that’s how he got his nicknames Milky and Milko. Paul was brilliant at his job and he enjoyed doing it,” Sandra added.
“He was very popular with all of his customers, and always missed that part of the job. He then went onto work in numerous warehouses including Kiplings, Salversens, Wincantons and, for the past six years, at Ford in Daventry. He will be sorely missed by all his colleagues.”
Sandra said her husband was a big sports fan.
“He was rugger mad,” said Sandra.
“Paul played for many teams, mainly Rugby St Andrew’s and Newbold RFC. He was very well respected in the rugby sport world and a lot of the clubs held a minute silence in his honour – including a team in Holland.”
Golf was also a hobby enjoyed by Paul for the past two years.
Paul joined Rugby St Andrew’s rugby club in 1988 and was club captain from 1991 to 199494.
His commitment and infectious enthusiasm earned him the respect of teammates and opposition alike. He has been described as an inspirational leader but, above all, a team player.
Club chairman and playing contemporary Dave Eaton said: “Paul was a shining example and role model for what is important in rugby football. He played hard and formed strong and lasting friendships on and off the field. The rugby community will be poorer without him.”
Paul had three children with his former wife Ina. They are Claire, Leasa and Lee. He was with Sandra for nearly 25 years and was a devoted stepdad to Rachel and Stuart.
He had seven grandchildren and was a brother to Penny and Adrian. His children said: “He was the best dad in the world. Our dad was a legend and our hero and words can’t describe how much we miss him. He was proud of each and every one of us.”
Paul’s funeral takes place at Rainsbrook Cemetery and Crematorium, Ashlawn Road, Rugby, on December 18 at 2pm. Mourners are invited to wear rugby shirts.