JOHN MacMillan has been described as ‘an incredible person’ who ‘would do anything for his family’.

The 70-year-old taxi driver was known for his love of sport including golf, darts and snooker.

His death has been described as a 'devastating' blow to everyone who knew him.

Known for his caring nature, the pensioner was a keen golfer and during his spare time he would tee off at Barrow and Walney courses.

One family member of Mr MacMillan said: “John loved his son and would do anything for his family.

“He was an incredible person, who was full of life and he loved his golf - you wouldn’t know he was 70.

“It’s very upsetting news to hear.

“I know John was visited by his son over Father’s Day.

“As a family we’re all in bits.”

Further heartfelt tributes were paid by friends and colleagues including Bob Mullen, secretary of Furness Taxi Trade Association.

He said: “John was very well respected in our line of work.

“He’s been part of Barrow’s taxi trade for more than 30 years.”

Mr Mullen described Mr MacMillan as a gentleman and said the association was in shock after hearing about his death.

“He was very knowledgeable about the area,” added Mr Mullen.

“This truly is a devastating loss to the Barrow taxi trade and the wider community.”

A spokesman from Walney Golf Club said: “Although John has not been a member of our club for a few years now, he was always a friendly man.

“Many people who knew John will have fond memories of him.”

Sammie Stutchbury said on The Mail’s Facebook page: “Absolutely heartbreaking to hear this news this morning.

“What a lovely man you were.

"You will be sadly missed.”

Charlotte Baines said: “This is so sad and worrying.

“Thinking of his family.”

Paula Ormandy said: "This poor man is someone's grandad and dad. My thoughts are with the family."