We are baffled by Grant's death, say funfair family

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A dad-of-three whose family owns a well-known funfair has been found hanged.

Tributes were today paid by devastated family and friends to Grant Cogger, 43, whose family co-owns Funland on Hayling Island.

Mr Cogger lived in St Mary's Road, Hayling Island, and came from a long line of travelling showpeople.

Mr Cogger grew up with the funfair, but spent the last 20 years working as a maintenance technician for Havant Borough Council.

The tragedy has baffled those who knew him.

His mum, Sue Cogger, 60, of Ilex Walk, Hayling Island, said: 'He was born and bred a showman.

'All I can say is he was the most wonderful son. He was the best.'

The tragedy has shattered his wife Sharon and children Jack, Sam and Carl.

Mr Cogger was a regular at the funfair when he was younger, helping his mum at her cafe and later a candy floss stall.

Mr Cogger's mum-in-law Beryl Cosgrave, 68, of Sea View Road, Hayling Island, said: 'It was a big part of his life as a youngster.

'He could clear a queue and could make a mean burger.

'George Michael looked like him - there would be girls mobbing him thinking it was George Michael at the funfair.'

She added: 'When Sharon went to tell everyone at the council, they were so upset.

'Nobody could do any work. They shut the yard. I think that's a great tribute and a measure of the man.'

Christmas presents bought by Mr Cogger arrived this week.

A birthday card for his wife Sharon's birthday in January was also found, but had not been signed.

Mrs Cosgrave said: 'Sharon is absolutely wonderful and is being so brave.

'She keeps saying she is not moving on, she's carrying on and taking Grant with her.

'He was the biggest kid on the block and absolutely adored Christmas. He loved Christmas shopping. He was so kind and thoughtful.'

Mr Cogger moved to the island when he was six years old.

His uncle Jimmy Cogger owns Funland along with the Hill family.

Mrs Cosgrave said: 'He was always a home boy. He went on holidays to Florida and Las Vegas, but he absolutely loved Hayling.'

Mrs Cosgrave said her son-in-law had been feeling unwell for the last year after suffering a breakdown.

She said: 'He was just so tired.

'He told his friends he felt as if he had flu all the time.'

An inquest has now been opened into his death.

Mr Cogger's funeral takes place tomorrow at the United Reformed Church, Mengham, from 1pm.