TRIBUTES have been paid to a ‘kind and generous’ man who died suddenly from a brain haemorrhage.
Lewis Colbourne, 34, from Southsea, died in June two days after complaining of a headache.
Tragically, the IT worker had only booked his honeymoon with his fiancée Josephine Coney two days previously.
Josephine, 31, paid tribute to her fiancé as staff from his workplace held a charity bike ride in his memory.
She said: ‘Lewis was known best for the profound love, kindness and generosity that he brought into our lives.
‘He always gave up his time to help others and was passionate about his career in IT working with children in education, where he thrived making a difference to children’s lives and their learning experiences.
We know he would be so proud of the boys who took part and they were inspired by him to get on their bikes and get out there.
‘In his spare time, his love of cycling kept him fit and healthy and led him on many epic bike rides.’
Lewis worked for Portsmouth company Drift IT and the company had planned a 65-mile bike ride around the Isle of Wight to mark the company’s 10th year in business. However, as a tribute to their colleague, the 11 members of staff dedicated the ride, which took place last weekend, to Lewis.
Managing director Peter Morgan, who was a friend of Lewis for more than 24 years, said: ‘Lewis was the longest-serving member of the team and helped make Drift what it is today.
‘He will be sorely missed by everybody who knew him.
‘Honouring him on the ride felt the right thing to do as he was originally taking part and he was a keen cyclist.
‘His loss has been the hardest thing we’ve ever had to deal with. We know he would be so proud of the boys who took part and they were inspired by him to get on their bikes and get out there.’
In a sad twist of fate Lewis had been an usher at the wedding of his friend, also called Lewis, to Emma Collins in April in Southsea.
The couple brought forward their special day after Lewis was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer so that the cereomny was held before he started six months of chemotherapy.
Emma, 27, said: ‘I can’t believe that Lewis has gone. He was so wonderful and kind. And he will be greatly missed.’
Josephine added: ‘Lewis would be very proud of his friends and colleagues for taking to the pedals in his honour, all for such a fantastic cause.’
The cycle event raised money for Cash for Kids, a charity that helps children who are disabled, disadvantaged or suffering from abuse or neglect.
So far the group has raised more than £3,500.
To make a donation go to iowcycle.everydayhero.com/uk/drift-it-ltd