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Widow thanks Truro taxi drivers for efforts trying to save husband

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: January 09, 2014

PAUL GRATRIX:  Mr Graxtrix died of a heart attack while Christmas shopping.

PAUL GRATRIX: Mr Graxtrix died of a heart attack while Christmas shopping.

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A WIDOW has praised two taxi drivers who attempted to save her husband's life after he suffered a fatal heart attack.

Devoted grandfather Paul Gratrix, former landlord of the Rock Inn at Roche, and his wife Sheila were in Truro Christmas shopping when he suddenly became unwell.

"He had a bit of a turn in the car and the ambulance was taking ages," Mrs Gratrix explained.

"So I ran across to the taxi rank and asked for help.

"The two men came across and did everything they could. They were absolutely terrific."

Despite their efforts the 66-year-old could not be saved and died at the scene with his wife by his side.

"They were heartbroken they couldn't save him," Mrs Gratrix said.

"I have been down to Truro to look for them but haven't been able to find out who they were. I would love to see them to say thank you," she added.

The couple, who first met in Padstow, had been married for 43 years.

"We worked together 24/7. We were never apart," she said.

"I first met him at the Metropole Hotel. He came along as head chef ever so arrogant and good looking.

"He was absolutely lovely."

The couple settled in Par where they brought up their two sons Andrew and Anton. Three years ago they took over the Rock Inn in Roche but retired in June so they could spend more time with their six grandchildren.

"He loved spending time with the grandchildren," Mrs Gratrix said.

More than 200 people attended his funeral, which was held on November 22 at St Petroc's Church in Padstow.

"He was very popular," Mrs Gratrix said. "I don't think he realised how popular he was.

"Someone at the funeral said he was a very shy, gentle man. I hadn't thought of him like that before but he was. He wasn't very outgoing but if he made a friend of you it would be for life. He was always there if you needed him. We all miss him terribly."

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