FAMILY TRIBUTE – JEFF ARGENT
Speaking on behalf of the whole family 45-year-old Debbie Argent, who has been with Jeff for 22 years and married to him for 19 years, said: “I have lots of happy memories to look back on to help both myself and my children, Ryan and Jess – who Jeff called Molly for some unknown reason – through this difficult time.
“Who would have believed back then that when I saw those dopey blokes coming into the Kingsway club that I would spend the next 22 happiest years with one of them.
“Jeff was devoted to me and the children he would go out of his way to do anything for us, we were his life and he is ours, he was truly my soul mate and we did everything together. We would love escaping to our caravan where we would go on bike rides as Jeff was a keen cyclist and long walks with our two dogs which would usually start as an hour but often turn into four hour hikes.
“During his spare-time at work Jeff would repair pupils’ bikes and as one of those people who could turn his hand to anything he would make things out of wood for the after school club for children to paint.
“He loved helping neighbours and friends repairing and updating their homes – there was nothing he couldn’t do. Now and again I would step in and jokingly say our house needs some TLC too. “He comes from a large, loving family and one of my fondest memories is of his 40th birthday. I hired four static caravans in Fleetwood near Blackpool for the weekend and pretended it was just me and the kids going with him to celebrate. I got one of his brothers to invite him along to the pub and whilst he was there I got all the family in place in the caravans and surprised him when they came back. He just opened the door and when he saw us his face was a picture! It was such a good night we did the same thing as a family the following year.
“Jeff was the life and soul of any party. He had a mischievous sense of humour and would make fun of people to make them laugh. “He was a big man with a big personality and had a heart of gold. Once seen, never forgotten is how I describe him and we have been sincerely touched by the number of cards and messages of support from our neighbours, workmates and friends and he will be truly missed.”
Mark McQueen, Headteacher at Ursuline Catholic Primary school, said: “Obviously this sad news has come as a huge shock to everyone at the school and within the local community.
“Everyone here thought the world of Jeff – children, staff, parents, governors and contractors. We all felt happier after meeting up with him.
“He was totally committed to the school and was an outstanding caretaker who took immense pride in his work. We now have a gaping hole to fill and we are going to miss him terribly.
“More than anything Jeff was a very proud husband and father and our thoughts and prayers are with his family as they try to come to terms with their tragic loss.”
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