Tributes have been paid to Kit Taylor, a popular Ilkeston dad-of-three who died suddenly on Sunday.
Kit, 45, from Stanton Road was a dedicated family man.
He was discovered in his car by his son Harry at Holland Sports Club, in Barton-under-Needwood, on Sunday morning and pronounced dead at Burton’s Queen’s Hospital.
Mr Taylor, who had been the deputy chairman of Ilkeston Rugby Union Football Club, had gone along to watch Harry play for the Ilkeston Colts and had gone for a jog before the game. When he didn’t show up for a minute’s silence for Remembrance Day, Harry went looking for him.
Richard Jones, chairman of the club and a good friend of Mr Taylor, told the Advertiser: “It is a shock to everybody. He was as fit as a fiddle.
“He had gone to watch Harry play for the colts side and went for a run while he was waiting for the game.
“He went to sit in the car. A minute’s silence was held and he didn’t make it so his son went to find him.
“It’s devastating. Kit was very well known. He was chairman of the junior section and vice chairman of the senior section.”
Mr Taylor had been involved with the club for ten years. As well as a son he leaves behind twin daughters Alice and Millie, and wife Sarah.
Mr Jones said: “He was a quality man. He always had a smile on his face. He oversaw more than 250 people at the club and was the first person you would call with any problems. “He offered a lot of guidance to parents and was well known in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire.”
Mr Taylor worked at Aviva Logistics, a job that took him around the world. He was a keen cyclist and did not have any health problems.
There is expected to be a big turnout for his funeral, which will be held on Thursday November 20 at St Mary’s Church on the Market Place, at around 2pm. This will be followed by a private cremation at Bramcote Crematorium for family. Friends will then be invited to Ilkeston Rugby Club.
Mr Jones added: “The angels should be privileged to be in the company of such a top bloke.”
Tributes have also poured in on Mr Taylor’s Facebook page as people speak of their shock.
Friend, Bryan Wardle wrote: “So shocked, condolences to all the family. A good man who going to be missed by many.”