'He was kind and generous and I’ll miss him so much'

Andrew Stockdale with his beloved spanielsAndrew Stockdale with his beloved spaniels
Andrew Stockdale with his beloved spaniels
The long-term partner of a man who died while out cycling near Melton has described him as someone who ‘lived life to the full’.

Andrew Stockdale, known affectionately as Stocky or Stock, was cycling with local club colleagues on Melton Spinney Road on the evening of August 3.

It is unclear why he passed away and an inquest will be held in due course. He was 53.

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Flowers and messages have been left at the side of the road where Andrew was found and his partner, Lou Tarry, has paid a moving tribute to the man she was in a loving relationship with for 27 years.

Andrew Stockdale pictured out cyclingAndrew Stockdale pictured out cycling
Andrew Stockdale pictured out cycling

Lou told the Melton Times: “He lived life to the full and we had some fantastic times together.

“Stock, as I called him, was a very active guy and he was one of those people who would help anybody.

“That was the mark of the man - he was so kind and generous and I’ll miss him so much.”

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Andrew grew up in Melton and attended St Francis Primary School, in the town, and De Lisle School, Loughborough.

Andrew Stockdale in the thick of the action while playing for Melton Mowbray Rugby ClubAndrew Stockdale in the thick of the action while playing for Melton Mowbray Rugby Club
Andrew Stockdale in the thick of the action while playing for Melton Mowbray Rugby Club

He did an engineering apprenticeship, studying at Melton College, and he worked as an engineer.

Andrew leaves parents, Graham and Margaret (Meg), a brother, Matthew, and a sister, Julie.

He played for Melton Mowbray Rugby Club and was also a keen skier and cyclist, recently joining Melton Olympic Cycling Club.

‘Stock had so many passions,” said Lou.

Andrew Stockdale on his motorcycle in his younger yearsAndrew Stockdale on his motorcycle in his younger years
Andrew Stockdale on his motorcycle in his younger years

"In his 20s and 30s he loved his motorbikes.

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"Rugby was a big part of his life and he loved being out on his road bike.

"We went on loads of skiing holidays too.”

Another favourite pursuit for Andrew was spending time with their dogs, a sprocker spaniel called Margo and springer spaniel, Star.

Andrew Stockdale pictured with his beloved spaniels and out on a cycle rideAndrew Stockdale pictured with his beloved spaniels and out on a cycle ride
Andrew Stockdale pictured with his beloved spaniels and out on a cycle ride

“He walked and walked those dogs. And of course he stopped to talk to loads of people because he knew so many people in the town,” said Lou.

She added: "The support I’ve had from friends and family has been phenomenal - there are no words to describe it. They are holding me up right now.”

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Andrew’s family would like to thank all the cyclists and emergency services who supported him on the night he died

A celebration of Andrew’s life is at St Mary's Church, Melton, on Tuesday August 29, at 10am, followed by cremation at Loughborough.

Family flowers only with donations for Guide Dogs and the air ambulance.

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