TRIBUTES have been paid to a Fareham man who died at the age of 43.
The funeral of Andrew Corben, from Gordon Road, Fareham, was held at Portchester Crematorium yesterday.
Andrew had been studying for a teaching qualification at Fareham College when he passed away suddenly at home on Tuesday, December 4.
He had studied for a degree in animal management and applied science at Sparsholt College, Sparsholt, and had graduated at Winchester Cathedral in 2010.
His dream was to work with animals, inspired by time spent working in the giraffe and zebra enclosures at Marwell Zoo.
He had hoped to become a college lecturer in the subject and was working part-time as a landscape gardener to fund his studies.
His mother Hazel Corben, 76, said: ‘Andrew was a very caring person, he always thought about others. If he was down the town he would always wait for other people and he always looked after both me and his father.’
His father Fred Corben, 78, said: ‘He loved animals and he wanted nothing more than to carry on working with them.
‘He also loved his Kawasaki motorbike. He would take it out every Sunday. We would watch the Moto GP together. Everything stopped when that was on the TV.’
Andrew leaves behind a brother, Chris Corben, 53, and sister-in-law Julie Corben, from Fareham.