FAMILY and friends of a popular joiner, who died just 10 weeks after being diagnosed with bile duct cancer, say they are “absolutely devastated” by his loss.
Tributes have been paid to Colin Robertson, 44, from Cleveleys, who went by the nickname ‘Chaos’ and was well known on the punk music scene.
His brother Graeme, 40, said: “It was very quick and it was my birthday when we found out it was terminal.
“It’s been hard and he wasn’t well, but in the last two weeks he deteriorated quite rapidly.”
Mr Robertson was born in Kilmarnock, in Scotland, but moved to Blackpool with his hotelier parents aged two. His mother Jan, 68, and father Gemmell, 70, ran a number of hotels around Manchester Square, including the Marina.
He attended Claremont Primary School and Warbreck High School.
Graeme added: “When he was younger he was quite renowned as a punk rocker with spiky hair and all the gear. He had such a lot of mates. He was always there and that’s the way I’d like to remember him.”
Mr Robertson died last Wednesday at his home on Chester Avenue, Cleveleys, which he shared with his partner of seven years, Lisa Scahill. He is also survived by daughter Billie, 22, and grandson Alfie, two, who live in Lytham.
Lisa, 42, said: “I’m absolutely devastated.
“He was a rough and tough builder who loved to work, and all he ever did was help people out.”
Best friend John Coultas, 43, who worked with him at JR Singleton and Son for 10 years, said: “From the word go I knew he was a character, hence the name ‘Chaos’.
“Everyone who met him knew you could have a laugh with him.”
His funeral will be held today at 3pm at Lytham Park Crematorium.