Tributes paid to loveable brickie who died at a wake

Graham Hall
Graham Hall

Tributes have been paid to a Wigan dad who died suddenly after collapsing at a wake.

Graham Hall, 50, is thought to have suffered a heart attack on Friday at the Prince of Wales pub in Wigan and died a short time later.

You just never know the day. Poor bloke, too young to go that

Jason Bradshaw

It is believed the self-employed bricklayer, who lived in Stopforth Street, Springfield, had been at the wake of a family friend when he began to feel unwell.

Paramedics were called to Woodhouse Lane at around 10.20pm on Friday but were unable to save Mr Hall.

Friends took to social media to pay tribute to Mr Hall, who was described as a “character” and had, only weeks before his death, celebrated his 50th birthday.

Dave Halligan wrote: “RIP Graham who passed away last night, only celebrated his 50th two weeks ago.”

Jason Bradshaw said: “You just never know the day. Poor bloke, too young to go that.”

Marg Kinnaird wrote: “So very sad, RIP Graham, too soon to leave this world.”

Lynda Drachenberg added: “He just said he didn’t feel well and collapsed. I can’t believe it. Graham will be so missed, what a little character. So cruel this world.”

One neighbour told the Wigan Evening Post: “I didn’t know him well other than to say hello to but I was shocked when I heard about his death.

“I don’t really know what happened but he seemed like a nice man.”

Mr Hall, who is also believed to be a grandfather, had been attending the funeral wake of Rose Gibson, the mother of Mr Hall’s friend Shannon Gibson.

Bolton Coroner’s Court confirmed that a file had been passed to them and they were awaiting the results of a post-mortem examination to determine the cause of death.

North West Ambulance Service said that paramedics were called to Woodhouse Lane at 10.22pm on Friday but were unable to release any other details.

The Wigan Evening Post tried to contact Mr Hall’s family but they were unavailable for comment.