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Tragedy as Sheffield dad, 38, dies suddenly after miracle baby’s first birthday


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The heartbroken friend of a Sheffield man who died suddenly just months after celebrating his son’s first birthday said life has been “so unfair and cruel” to his young family.

Andrew Ward, 38, passed away suddenly in the early hours of October 4.

He and his wife, from Handsworth, welcomed their “miracle baby”, Leo, last year, after trying for six years.

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Family friend Michala Marling said: “Everybody has been hit hard, but nobody more than Donna and his mum.”

She also paid tribute to Andy, as he was known by his loved ones: “He was the most incredible father, husband and friend.

A family friend has said Andy was an "incredible father"
A family friend has said Andy was an “incredible father”

“He had so much love to give. No matter what he was going through he always had a smile.”

Michala said you could tell how kind he was by the way he treated passengers when working as a bus driver, once locking his bus and running down the street to collect the shopping of a distressed, elderly customer, who had forgotten it at the previous bus stop.

“I wish they could just get a break, it is bad things continually happening to good people,” she added.

Andrew leaves behind his wife and their 16-month-old son, and Mason, 18, his son from a previous relationship.

Now, Michala has launched a gofundme to support Andy’s family.

Andy and his wife Donna
Andy and his wife Donna

She says Donna is out of work after she struggled to secure part-time hours when her baby was born, as well as currently receiving physiotherapy after not fully recovering from giving birth.

“Donna is often in quite a lot of pain so she’s got that to contend with,” Michala explained.

All money raised will go towards Andy’s funeral and any other unexpected costs faced by the family.

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Michala said: “There’s nothing to take away the heartbreak but we can take away the financial burden, that’s the thought behind it, so she can process what has happened and focus on looking after Leo.”

“We want to give [Andy] a really good send off,” she added.

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