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Thursday, 30 July 2015

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Tributes after sudden death of Cumbrian man

Tributes have been paid to a popular Workington man who died suddenly at home.

Frankie Rice photo
Frankie Rice

Dad-of-two Frankie Rice was just 35 when he was found dead at the house in Cranbourne Street which he shared with his mum Ann, 57, dad, also Frankie, and brother Sid.

The cause of his death remains a mystery but police have passed a file to the coroner who is expected to open an inquest into the death.

Frankie has two daughters, nine-year-old daughter Morgan and Kayleigh, 13.

He was well-known in Workington, having worked in several jobs since leaving school. He worked mainly as a builder after completing his training at Lawsons in Distington before moving on to other local firms. His heartbroken mother Ann paid tribute to her son’s character.

“He was just a loveable person and was a good lad. Everybody knew him. He was very popular,” she said.

“We will remember him as a good brother and he was a good help to me when his brother Sid was ill many years ago. His kids idolised him and was very much in their lives, we are a very close family.

“He was just that sort, a bit of a comic. He was always singing, shouting and pottering about with his car with not a care in the world.”

A mark of how popular he was, was that friends of his had to stand outside at his funeral at Distington Hall Crematorium on Friday. Mrs Rice and her husband have also been inundated with messages of support, receiving over 200 cards. Moss Bay Working Men’s Club and The Ship pub in Workington also held small celebrations of Frankie’s life last week.

“I was told they were standing outside at his funeral. I think everybody sent those cards because he was such a nice lad. Everybody has said their own little bit. I was surprised to see that he knew as many folk,” said Mrs Rice.

She also wanted to thank the many people who have supported the family.

“I would like to say thank you to everyone, all the family and friends. But a special one to neighbour Fiona Bone for helping at the time of his death and to my niece Miranda who has been a rock. Plus the vicar and the undertaker who couldn’t have been better.”

A police spokesman said: “At 8.38am on March 13 police were called to a property on Cranbourne Street, Workington, in relation to a sudden death.

“On arrival, a 35-year-old man was found deceased. There are no suspicious circumstances. The details have been passed to the coroner.”


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