A 34-year-old dad died from complications from tonsillitis after collapsing in his kitchen.
Mark Bramley, from Hucknall in Nottinghamshire, has been described as “salt of the earth” and “genuine” with “a distinctive smile” who was loved by everyone who met him.
The engineer had complained about a severe sore throat while away with his fiancé, Charley Miller, 26, during a trip to Amsterdam on March 13, Nottinghamshire Live reports.
Mark, who was known to many as Bram, remained bed bound for most of the trip and was taking paracetamol after suffering from tonsillitis.
He returned home and on March 15, in the early hours of the morning, his wife-to-be found Mark unconscious on the kitchen floor and delivered CPR in a desperate attempt to revive him.
Paramedics were called and he was rushed to hospital, but his life support machine was switched off a day later as doctors struggled to save him.
Miss Miller met Mark while working together at garden manufacturing company Doff Portland Limited.
He surprised her with an engagement ring while the couple were holidaying together in Barcelona and they have an 11-month-old daughter, Gracie Rae, who turns one on May 17.
She said: “We met at Doff Portland. He was an engineer and I was working in the office. I just saw him in passing, fixing one of the machines. We just hit it off and went for a few drinks and we have been going out for about five years.
“He loved football and he loved Forest. He was really fun, a star, a genuine, lovely guy. We have never been apart since we met. He made me laugh every day.
“He had booked me a three night trip to Amsterdam. He had a bad throat so spent the trip in the hotel because he was so poorly.
He suffers with a bad throat a lot but the doctors would not take out his tonsils. We came home and I found him unconscious in the kitchen.”
She said she lay by his side one final time as doctors switched off his life support machine.
“It was very sudden. We have not got a cause of death yet but we think what has happened is his throat has swelled that much it has stopped the oxygen and he could not breathe.
“Men are very stubborn and don’t want to go to the doctors. It just goes to show that any little thing should be looked into.
He probably thought it would get better. He was taking paracetamol, but he did not expect to die.”
A charity football match is being played at the Hucknall Town Football Club on Sunday, May 26, to honour his life and to raise money for the 11-month-old daughter he leaves behind.
Mark, who used to manage Hucknall Town FC reserves, played left-back and was also a season ticket holder at Nottingham Forest .
Friends within the football community have paid tribute to Mark and are organising a football match in his honour.
One of the teams will comprise of his school friends, a team he set up himself called Doree Bonner.
One of his best friends, Tom Raynor, 39, of Hucknall , said: “I met Bram when I was 22 and he joined Rolls Royce Villa football team when he was 17. He was like a little brother.
“There is not one person that I know that had a bad word to say about him. He had a distinctive smile on him every time you saw him. It is just really sad. It was just tonsilitis.”
Tommy Brookbanks, director of football for Basford United FC, used to work with Mark when he was managing Hucknall Town Football Club.
Mark helped him manage the reserves as well as the first team.
Mr Brookbanks said: “It is horrendous news. He was a great lad. He helped run my reserves. He also used to come out drinking with us. He was the salt of the earth, a top, genuinely nice guy and a massive Forest fan.”
Gary Stones, former assistant manager for Hucknall Town Football Club who is now retired, said: “He is the same age as my lad and went on to manage Doree Bonner.
“He was also an engineer. He was a great lad. He was always up for a party and he was mad on Forest and used to go to the home and away matches. It was a big surprise. It is shocking really.”
His funeral was held on April 5.
A memorial football match and family day will be held at Hucknall Town FC on Sunday, May 26, from 4pm to 11pm.
Around 270 people are already expected to attend. The day will also include a raffle, auction, and entertainment.