Popular Nando’s worker who was ‘loved by everyone’ dies suddenly aged 40

Tributes have been paid to a "larger than life" Nando's worker who suddenly died at the age of 40.

Loving dad Craig Stretton is thought to have suffered a heart attack on Friday, October 23.

His devastated family have told how he always lived life to the full and how his nine-year-old daughter Briony-Jane was his "entire world"

Craig worked at Nando's on Princes Quay at Hull and colleagues say he would always do what he could to make others happy, reports Hull Live.

His colleagues described his as the "restaurant clown" and say he will be sorely missed.

Colleague and friend Josh Dyke has set up a  GoFundMe page  to raise money for Craig's daughter. Any money raised will go towards helping send her to university or buying her first car – something that Craig was desperate to do for her himself.

Josh said: “Craig was unapologetically himself at all times, he was basically the restaurant clown but only in the best of ways.

“He could be having the worst day imaginable but if he saw someone down about something, he would brush his issues aside and do what he could to make the other person happy.

“There wasn’t a single person who he had worked with that didn’t love him."

In recent years, Craig had been struggling with Ankylosing Spondylitis which meant lesions developed on his spine, often leaving him in pain “from his jaw to his toes”.

Josh added: “He’s a genuine loss to the team at Nando’s, he had that much of a presence across the region his passing was felt throughout it.

"That’s why we’ve raised as much money as we have so far, it really shows how much he was adored."

Craig worked at numerous restaurants across the city but had predominantly been at Nando’s in Princes Quay for the past four years.

His mum, Jennifer Stretton, said the family had been blown away by the number of messages of condolences that they'd received following his death.

She said: “He loved it. They were brilliant to him when he was still here. They let him work around his daughter as well. He spent an immense amount of time with his daughter. She was his life.

“We are just astounded by how many people have messaged us. We knew he had a lot of friends – but didn’t know to this extent."

She added: "He didn’t have a lot of money, but he lived his life to the full with his antics and the people that he loved, his family and friends who were so supportive of him and loved him.”

So far more than £4,900 has been raised – you can donate to the fund for Briony-Jane, here.

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