Dad ‘loved by everyone’ tragically dies after bee sting caused cardiac arrest

A dad tragically died last month after a wasp sting sent his body into anaphylactic shock.

45-year-old George Cox from Bristol was gardening when the devastating sting caused a cardiac arrest. He was rushed to hospital on August 22 and passed away six days later having been put in a medically induced coma.

A fundraiser has now been set up in tribute to help his family with funeral costs. It has already reached over £3000, BristolLive reports.

Mr Cox spent 15 years working for Bailey Caravans, based in Bristol, where he progressed through the business.

His manager, Craig Dudridge, said: "George worked all departments and he was a very talented guy and you’d only have to show him something once and he’d pick it up.

"He was our tractor driver, electrician, sprayer, there was no job he couldn’t overcome and he could turn his hand to anything. It’s a sad, sad loss as you can't replace characters like that. He was a one-off.

"George was a big character, he was loved by everyone at Bailey’s and that’s from the owner to the directors, to managers, team leaders, and the shop floor."

Mr Dudridge said the news had shocked everyone at work where he was a much-loved friend and colleague.

He added: "We’ve come in today and it’s very a sombre mood. Everybody is still in shock and unable to process it.

"We’re supporting each other, we’re sharing fun stories of our memories of George.

"He was one of those guys that if you were having a bad day he’d be there for you. He always had a smile on his face and an arm around you, he’d say a few words and make you laugh.

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"It’s a massive loss to our family. We are there to support his family and we're helping put in place things for them, which is a great gesture and shows how much he was loved."

Tracy Claridge, who is neighbour and a friend to the family, has set up a GoFundMe page for donations to help pay towards funeral costs for the family.

The fundraiser has already raised more than £3,000 and Tracy hopes it will reach the £5,000 target.

She said: "George was the loudest funniest but most caring lad who would do anything for anybody, and everybody loved him.

"We are blown away by the support and this just shows how many people loved George and how he touched people’s lives."

Mr Cox was a carer to his partner Robyn, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when she was 19. The pair had been together for 20 years and have a 10-year-old daughter called Brook.

George also leaves behind a 28-year-old son called Jack and his grandson Ralphie.

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