TRIBUTES have been paid to an amateur footballer who died after suffering a massive heart attack while in the car with his fiancee.
Adam Swanwick, 28, from Catterall, near Garstang, was on his way to try food with fiancée Louise Ayre for their wedding breakfast at Lancaster Golf Club on Sunday afternoon.
But as they travelled through back roads near Condor Green at around noon, he collapsed. His fiancée tried to administer first aid, and attempts continued as paramedics were called to take him to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.
But he died later that afternoon in the intensive care ward.
Today, his devastated family and friends paid tribute to “the most genuine man you could ever meet”.
Dance instructor Louise, 26, who was due to marry Adam in October, said: “We were driving, and he basically just had a fit, or it seemed like that, but he was having a heart attack.
“I asked him what was happening and obviously he couldn’t tell me.
“I want to say how amazingly brilliant the paramedics and A&E and intensive care at Lancaster Hospital were. He was just really, really popular, loved by everybody.
“He didn’t know anybody who he didn’t get on with.
“He was just really genuine.”
The former Garstang High School pupil played for Garstang Reserves against Poulton Town Reserves in the West Lancashire Football League the day before the tragedy happened.
Garstang FC, where he had been a player since he was 15 years old, postponed first team, reserves, youth and veterans games as a mark of respect.
Adam, a keen Leeds United fan, worked as an HGV driver for Collinson in Garstang.
He had followed his father Michael, who died eight years ago, into the profession.
Adam’s brother Paul, 48, said: “He cared for everyone, he would do anything for anybody at any time.
“Anyone who has ever had any contact with him would say the same. He and Louise were the perfect couple.
“He was 15 when he made his debut for Garstang, and was a goalkeeper at first. Then he played every single position, bar striker.”
A statement from Garstang FC said: “We are all devastated with the news.
“Our thoughts are with his family and all those who were closest to him.”
John Brown, honorary general secretary of the West Lancashire Football League, said: “It is a tragedy, and we are very sorry. Our sympathies go to Garstang, and mainly to the family.”
Adam leaves another brother, Anthony Bailey, and sisters Ann Bailey and Jackie Swindlehurst.
Adam’s funeral will be held at St Thomas’ Church, Garstang, on Saturday, September 15, at 3pm, followed by a wake at Garstang Football Club clubhouse.