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Sons’ tribute to loving Barrow dad found dead at home

THE sons of a man who died in an accident have released balloons into the air in memory of their beloved dad.

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TRAGIC: Marcus Dixon

Dad-of-two Marcus Dixon, 39, was found dead at his home in Maple Street, Barrow, last Thursday.

Mr Dixon – who worked in the safety, health and environment department at Barrow’s shipyard until a year ago – was named by police at the weekend.

A keen runner, Mr Dixon was often seen jogging around the parks and pathways of Barrow.

His sister Sara Gabriel, 41, said the family and his two boys Luca, six, and Josh, three, were trying to come to terms with his loss after he died in a “tragic accident”.

“We are still in shock at the moment, it is really hard to cope with,” she said.

Along with his team the Tonka Fingers, Mr Dixon was a regular competitor in the annual 40 mile Keswick to Barrow run and walk, which he did in aid of various charities.

Mrs Gabriel, of South View, Barrow, said he had even come second in the event on a couple of occasions.

She said: “He was a really good runner. That was his main occupation, that and his two sons.”

Often he had taken part in the run with his two brothers Darryl, 42, and Jamie, 37.

“He never took it seriously, it was just something he enjoyed and liked to do to keep fit,” said Mrs Gabriel.

“The boys were the main focus of his life.

“He just lived for them, nothing even came close to that. He was always taking them out to the park, he wasn’t a dad that liked to stay indoors, and he was always taking them out on their scooters.

“They understand what has happened a little bit. The eldest let off a balloon into the sky and the little one has too.”

Mr Dixon’s death was the second to hit the family in recent times, after his dad Ken, 68, passed away a year ago. His mum Jacqueline, who is in her sixties, still lives in Barrow.

The family was grateful for all the messages of support and sympathy they had received, Mrs Gabriel said.

She added: “We are going to miss his smile.”

An inquest into Mr Dixon’s death was opened and adjourned at Barrow Town Hall yesterday.

Have your say

Just thinking of you the other day mate while out on a run - was hoping to catch up when back in the UK at Christmas. Much love to your family at this difficult time. There will be no shortage of people to tell your boys what a great bloke you were. Rest in peace, Marcus.

Posted by Neil Johnson on 19 November 2012 at 11:43

not long till our final farewell, still cant believe your gone, keep checking your profile on facebook to see if its all been a bad dream, but its not, and you really are gone, you have left a huge hole in so many peoples hearts and will truly be missed, hope you have met up with gav and ur dad and they are looking after you, thoughts are with ur little boys and family at this extremely sad time, RIP marcus xxx

Posted by paula on 14 November 2012 at 20:30

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