Ascot family issues plea after heart death
Published: 9 Sep 2013 18:300 comments
Andrew Staddon, 51 suddenly passed away in his sleep on August 14 but
no-one knew he had the disease until a post mortem was carried out.
Hundreds of people gathered in Ascot High Street to pay tribute to Mr Staddon – described by friends as a man who will leave “a big hole in the community”.
His funeral was held on Tuesday, where a 250-strong procession followed a horse-drawn carriage from Lines Bannister funeral directors, in High Street, walking to St Michael and All Angels Church in Sunninghill.
The walk – which was described as his last marathon because of the two marathons he ran for charity – was led by his wife Linda Staddon, from whom he was separated, and their son Thomas, 16.
Mrs Staddon said: “The church was completely packed out, it was such a lovely tribute to Andrew. He was absolutely loved by everybody.
“Because Andrew never knew he had chronic heart disease we really want people to be aware of it, and to make sure people are properly checked out.”
Mr Staddon’s brother Clive died of the same condition in 2007 and was also unaware that he had the disease.
Mr Staddon’s family plans to raise awareness over the condition by raising money for the British Heart Foundation to fund research into undiagnosed heart problems.
The Ascot resident, who last lived in flats in Hermitage Place, off High Street, had run Ascot Stationery.
He gave up the stationery business two years ago.
Vince Maloney, managing director at Budgens in Hermitage Place, said: “Andrew will leave a huge hole in the community; he would have known the majority of the people on the High Street.
“He touched a lot of people in many different ways but what you saw was what you got with him.”
To make a donation to the British Heart Foundation, call Lines Bannister on 01344 620266.
Mr Staddon ran the London Marathon twice, in 2006 and 2008, raising thousands of pounds for children’s charity Sparks and Tommy’s, a charity that carries out research into cot death syndrome.