Shock death of devoted dad (44)

The family of a fun-loving and devoted Burnley dad, who lived for his wife, children and his business, has paid an emotional tribute to him after he died suddenly last weekend.
Craig Reaney (s)Craig Reaney (s)
Craig Reaney (s)

Financial adviser Craig Reaney (44) complained of feeling unwell at home in Worsthorne on Sunday evening. Paramedics were called to the house but were unable to save the dad-of-three.

His devastated family said his death had been a terrible shock and has left a huge hole in their lives.

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They said Mr Reaney, who co-owned Indigo Financial Advice in Colne, was a selfless man who would always go the extra mile for his family and customers, most of whom became his friends.

His wife Andrea (48), who he married in the Dominican Republic 20 years ago, said: “It was just a total shock. We’d had a lovely day on Sunday. Craig was an endearing, generous and kind-hearted man and he was an amazing rock of support.

“He was a loving, giving and honourable husband.

People used to stick to him like glue. He worked very hard. He loved his job and he always said he wanted to live his life helping people. Through his career he absolutely fulfilled that.”

His daughter Laura (18) said Mr Reaney, who was heavily involved with the Life Church and often volunteered as a street pastor in Burnley town centre, always had a smile on his face and was immensely proud of his children.

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“He always taught us to be the best at whatever we were doing. I’ve recently gone to university and he was always ringing me, telling me how proud he was of me,” she said.

Son Daniel (22) said Mr Reaney was: “A charismatic, fun-loving and fantastic dad.”

Mr Reaney’s business partner, Mr Darren Turner, with whom he was a co-owner of P & A Financial Services, said: “He was extremely selfless. His aim in life was to pretty much help everybody and so he always went the extra mile to look after his customers. Many of his customers became his friends. He will be missed.”

Mr Reaney leaves wife Andrea, son Daniel, daughters Laura and Abigail (12) and his mother, Marie Pounder.

His funeral will take place at Life Church in Burnley next Thursday, December 5th, at 12-30pm, followed by cremation at 1-40pm.