THE family of a man who died in a tragic boat accident say a huge void has been left in their lives.
Speaking to The News, the wife of Gosport businessman Ryan McKinlay said she is devastated after losing her soulmate.
Francesca said Ryan was an amazing person and was loved by everyone.
‘Life will never be the same,’ she said.
‘We are devastated and he has left a huge void in all our lives.
‘Gosport will never be the same without Ryan.’
We are devastated and he has left a huge void in all our lives.Francesca McKinlay
The 38-year-old, of Jellicoe Avenue, added: ‘Ryan was an amazing person and his son Sonny adored him.
‘Ryan adored him back and we can’t believe he’s gone.
‘He was so well loved by everyone. He was such a good friend to people and he was a great stepdad and treated my children like his own. Ryan was happy to give advice to people because he always wanted to help.’
Ryan, 36, died on June 19 after the rib boat he was on collided with a larger motorboat. He was taken to hospital but died that evening.
His mum Katrina said Ryan enjoyed going out to sea on his jetskis and had owned a boat in the past.
But she said his real passion was for cars.
She said: ‘Ryan loved his cars but he wouldn’t be a show-off. He worked hard at his recruitment business but was not arrogant. He was kind, caring and generous.
‘As his parents, we always knew he had a lot of friends and was a good person but we never realised how many people he helped or how much he was loved in the area.’
His dad Colin added Ryan was his best friend and he was proud of his son’s achievements.
His close friend, former Pompey striker and current Hawks boss Lee Bradbury, said Ryan’s death was a huge loss to the community.
‘Ryan had a big group of friends from Gosport and Fareham and he was the heartbeat of the group,’ he said.
‘It is such a tragic loss at such a young age.
‘Everyone who was friends with Ryan would say he was their best friend because he would do anything for them.
‘His death is a big loss not only for his family and friends but the area.’