Family shattered by loss of young father

Christopher Kershaw lived for his girls, Ellie-Mae, seven, and Kacey-Leigh, five

Christopher Kershaw lived for his girls, Ellie-Mae, seven, and Kacey-Leigh, five

The grieving mother of the father of her two children today paid a moving tribute to him.

Christopher Kershaw, 28, was found dead, having taken his own life, on December 5 last year.

Today his ex-partner, and mother to his children, Tammy Cheek, said Mr Kershaw had left a huge hole in many people’s lives.

“Chris will never be forgotten,” she said.

“He is talked about in our house every day and the girls will grow up knowing exactly who he was and how much he loved them.

“He worked all his life to support his family.

“He did all sorts – he was a builder, a shop worker for B&Q, Nisa on Cherry Tree Road and his last job was at B&M Bargains.

“He just wanted to provide for his family.”

Mr Kershaw, of Marsden Road, Marton, moved to St Annes as a young boy from Bradford. He grew up in the town before moving in with Tammy on Ord Avenue, Marton, in 2007.

Together they had Ellie-Mae, seven, and Kacey-Leigh, five.

After he died, Mr Kershaw’s colleagues at B&M pulled together to buy several Christmas presents for the girls.

Tammy’s sister, Emma Cheek, of Cleveleys, said: “For Chris, life was one big laugh.

“He had a lot of friends and he’d do anything for his girls. He loved them so much and he was very proud of them. They were his world.”

Tammy, 28, added: “It’s been really hard for the girls, and they still have their moments when they ask if they can see him or speak to him. It’s heartbreaking.

“He’s left a huge hole in all our lives.”

Emma’s colleague, Jenny Coleman, has made keepsakes using Mr Kershaw’s clothes.

Mr Kershaw’s sister, Jamie, said: “I am heartbroken, but Chris’s memory will live on.”

The family thanks friends and family for support.


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