Dad died minutes after watching Manchester United at Old Trafford

PUBLISHED: 13:00 11 May 2012

Gary Bee

Gary Bee

Richard Oliver

A FATHER of three suffered a fatal heart attack minutes after watching his beloved Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Gary Bee suffered the attack within minutes of leaving the football ground, and despite the best efforts of passers-by and medical staff he was pronounced dead soon after.

His widow led tributes to the 53-year-old, of Nye Road, Sandford, describing him as ‘the driving force’ in their family’s life, and his death as leaving a ‘massive hole’ in the lives of their family and friends.

Mr Bee, a marketing company director, was a season ticket holder at Old Trafford and went to watch the Red Devils play Aston Villa on April 15 with his friend Richard Gee.

After the match, which United won 4-0, they had got back in Mr Gee’s car and were driving away from the ground when Mr Bee suffered the attack.

His friend pulled over and started CPR, before an off-duty firefighter and two doctors who had also been at the match took over.

Although an ambulance arrived and he was taken to Trafford General Hospital, Mr Bee was pronounced dead there later that evening.

Mr Bee left behind his widow, Kerry, and three children – 18-year-old Alex, Harry, aged 22, and Holly, aged 24.

Mrs Bee said: “We will all miss him so much. We would have been married for 30 years in November, and although we had different interests, we spent a lot of time together and enjoyed meals and drinks with family and friends.

“He was the driving force in our family and everything is quiet and subdued now. I can’t believe he won’t be here to watch Holly, Harry and Alex move on with their lives, perhaps having families of their own, forging careers and generally enjoying life.

“This has left a massive hole in our lives, we loved him so much.”

Gary was well-known in Sandford and was also heavily involved in the Winscombe and Wolkersdorf football exchange.

A celebration of his life was held at the Chorlton-cum-Hardy Golf Club near Manchester on April 17, while a second event was held at The Golden Lion in Wrington on Sunday.

Richard Oliver, his business partner at Taunton-based Impact Design and Marketing, said: “Gary’s tragic and sudden death has shocked us all.

“He was a dear friend and a great business colleague during his 17 years at Impact. He leaves a big gap in all our lives but also some great memories.”

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