Community will miss family man Andrew Pearson
THE community of Rodborough will deeply miss a dad-of-three who died suddenly at the age of 46.
Andrew Pearson was at a petrol station when he told staff he was feeling unwell.
He died of a pulmonary embolism in an ambulance on the way to hospital.
He leaves children Matthew, 16, Ben, 13, and Daisy, 10, and many friends who reflect his wide variety of interests.
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He was involved in Rodborough Youth FC through his sons, and Stroud RFC, and was a Rodborough Community Primary School governor.
He also kept pedigree guinea pigs and was a respected national and international judge in cavy showing competitions.
His brother Simon said his death on Friday, August 17, was sudden.
"It was completely unexpected," he said. "He had a deep vein thrombosis in his leg which spread to his upper body.
"He was at the Tesco filling station at Cirencester and told the staff there he felt unwell.
"They were very good, and called an ambulance, but he passed away before it arrived at hospital in Swindon."
Simon said Andrew was apparently fit and well, and did not know he had a deep vein thrombosis.
"He was on his way to see the children and take them camping," he said.
A divorcee, his most recent job was working in a warehouse for Omega Resource Group.
He left his job as a postman based at Salmon Springs in Stroud to work for Omega so he could spend more time with his children.
Born in Dover, he was the youngest of three brothers and attended Dover Grammar School.
He trained as an environmental and animal health officer and he moved to the area to work for what is now the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
He lived on Rodborough Hill, before moving to Central Road, Downfield in Stroud. Latterly he lived in Stonehouse.
He supported Blue Square Premier football club Forest Green Rovers too.
"He enjoyed taking the children there," said Simon. "He was very much a family man. He loved his children." Although they lived in Thame, Oxfordshire, he spent as much time as he could with them.
"They were the centre of his life," said Simon.
He also leaves his mum and dad, Pam and Roy, and as well as Simon, his other brother, Stephen.
His funeral will be held at Barham Crematorium, between Canterbury and Dover, on Friday, September 7 at 3.20pm.