Tributes to Barrow man who died at sea
Last updated at 09:10, Friday, 07 February 2014
TRIBUTES have been paid to a “big man with a heart to match” who was found dead in the Duddon Estuary in Cumbria.
The body of Peter Millican, 46, of Abbey Road, Barrow, was discovered on Wednesday at Askam pier.
The coastguard was called after his body was discovered in water by a member of the public and recovered by Duddon Inshore Rescue.
Mr Millican is best-known for his time as the commercial manager of Barrow Raiders but he had also held the position of the community officer at the club.
Jane O’Hare, Mr Millican’s fiancee and partner of 11 years, gave an emotional tribute to a man she described as “the love of my life”.
She said: “He was a big man with a heart to match.”
She said he will be “massively” missed by her children as well as his own daughter, Jade.
She said: “He was the love of my life. We was hugely known for his sport and his charity work.
“I’d like to thank people for all the calls and people knocking, the phone hasn’t stopped. It just shows what people think of him.”
After leaving Barrow Raiders in 2011 he worked as a self-employed salesman selling burglar alarms.
However, the foundations laid by Mr Millican are still in place at the club.
David Sharpe, chairman of Barrow Raiders, said: “He was commercial manager for a couple of years before I was on the board but it was through Peter that we first took a hospitality box. He was a really nice guy and was really helpful.
“He set a good foundation through his work.
“I heard the news and it’s very sad – all the directors will be very sorry for what’s happened.
“It’s very upsetting. My thoughts are with his family.”
Neil Martin, who knew Mr Millican through his time as an official at Barrow Raiders, said: “It’s very sad. He was a very nice guy and he did a lot for Barrow rugby in his time.”
Police said there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding Mr Millican’s death and the coroner has been informed.
First published at 19:49, Wednesday, 05 February 2014
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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I really don't know what to say, all our friends know what Peter meant to me and my family. Peter was my friend, my brother and wonderful person. All our love to all his family, we are heartbroken by this loss. Thinking of you all at this time. Thank you Peter for just being you, a dude. Allan, Kate, Josh and Sam Crook
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