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Tributes to Lostwithiel 'great man' Gordon Faddy

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: January 23, 2014

MISSED: Gordon Faddy, who died suddenly last Wednesday.

MISSED: Gordon Faddy, who died suddenly last Wednesday.

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TRIBUTES have been paid to Gordon Faddy, who died unexpectedly at his home in Lostwithiel.

Mr Faddy, who was 63, was well known for his extraordinary fundraising efforts over the years, raising tens of thousands of pounds for good causes.

He was found dead last Wednesday morning. Two days previously he had been at Asda in Bodmin collecting money in his role as chairman of the Enable in Cornwall disability charity.

Mr Faddy, who lived with cerebral palsy, thought nothing of parachuting from an aeroplane, abseiling down County Hall or zip-wiring above the Eden Project to raise money for charity.

A proud Geordie, Mr Faddy came to Lostwithiel in 1979 and became involved in the former Churchtown Farm outdoor activity centre for disabled people in Lanlivery, where his fundraising expertise came to the fore.

In 2004, Mr Faddy was appointed national fundraising officer for the National Coastwatch Institution, and two years later became chairman of Devon and Cornwall Housing's regional tenants' committee.

Jan Hibbert, Enable in Cornwall's manager, said everyone at the charity had been saddened by Mr Faddy's sudden death.

"Gordon dedicated himself to raising money for charity and was an extraordinary man,'' said Mrs Hibbert.

"He always used to say he would like to die either in his sleep or coming down a zip-wire. He was a fantastic person who always wanted to help charitable causes.

"I was with him at Asda on the Monday before he died, to collect money from the supermarket's community award scheme, and although Gordon had not been in the best of health recently, his death was totally unexpected,'' said Mrs Hibbert.

The vice-chairman of the charity, Bodmin town councillor Pete Skea said: "Gordon was one of the most amazing guys I've ever met; nothing was too much trouble.

"He never gave a second thought to his disability and the problems it caused him. I was very lucky to have known him, and his memory within the voluntary sector and the charities he supported will hopefully live on for years.''

Mr Faddy was a long-serving member of Fowey River Lions, joining when he arrived in Lostwithiel in 1979 and was president of the club in 1990.

The club's secretary, Alastair Barr, said: "Gordon was such a great guy and was always great company.

"His fundraising was amazing. Any supermarket you cared to visit, Gordon would inevitably be outside collecting money. He will be sadly missed."

Mr Faddy lived in Lostwithiel with his partner Amanda. His funeral has yet to be arranged.

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