TRIBUTES have been paid to a Barnsley man after he died unexpectedly.

Jeff Hooson, of Athersley North, was 54 and died last Monday.

One of his daughters, Emily Hooson, 21, of Worsbrough Bridge, paid tribute to her father by writing a Facebook post stating how his death came as a ‘massive shock’ to her and the rest of her family and went on to explain how much he’ll be missed.

She said: “I would appreciate if people could respect what has happened and give us time, I cannot put into words what this has done as the last time I said goodbye to him was when I left the house for my flight last week.

“It’s something I will never come to terms with, and I won’t be able to spend time with my best mate again.”

Athersley Rec Football Club staff expressed how Jeff was one of the ‘longest-serving members’ and praised the contributions he’s made over the years, saying he won ‘countless trophies’ during his 41 years.

A spokesperson said: “Jeff is one of many who’ve had a long association with the club and all the staff at Athersley Rec appreciated his loyalty.

“Jeff leaves behind his partner Joanne, and his lovely daughters Emily and Chloe.

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“We ask that at this very sad time that the family’s privacy is respected, particularly in the light of the suddenness of Jeff’s passing.”

A friend and ex-colleague of Jeff - Denise Hayward - decided to put together a fundraising page in his memory to help his family financially with any extra support they may need.

It was set up last week and has already raised £2,395.

Denise added: “It has come as a shock to us all to learn about the sad and way too sudden loss of our colleague and friend Jeff.

“Our hearts go out to his family and close friends and we would like to offer our support towards any unexpected financial commitments that they shouldn’t be facing at such a young age.”