The legacy of a Washington football fan who died aged 33 of a blood clot is being kept alive by his loved ones.
John Routledge, who worked at WorldPay in Team Valley, Gateshead, died suddenly after being taken into hospital in November last year.
The keen football fan and charity fundraiser had been suffering chest and leg pains caused by deep vein thrombosis.
His health took a turn for the worst when a blood clot in his leg travelled to his lungs and doctors were tragically unable to save his life.
His sister Joanne Brotherton, 35, said: "He is a big miss. He was the life and soul of the party. He was always there to help people and look after them, he totally idolised our mam.
"He has just left a massive gap in people's lives. He would say he wouldn't want all this fuss.
"But he would really appreciate everything everyone was doing for him and his family. Hopefully his legacy will still live on."
John was a loving brother, son and uncle to his nieces and nephews.
Joanne said: "We were so close and always together. He doted on his nieces and nephews. It has been hard on all of them."
John was passionate about football and managed the Washington Under 7s team.
He regularly travelled with the WorldPay Rangers and organised charity events for the likes of Macmillan and Marie Curie.
Now friends are organising a charity football match in John’s memory to raise funds to help his family.
Organiser Sean Randell, 28, said: “He used to be my boss at WorldPay in Team Valley.
“He gave a lot into the community and was quite sports-minded. He managed a junior football team in Washington and managed charity events at WorldPay.
“He helped out everyone at work, giving them time off when they needed it, and was a really caring and nice lad.”
The match is being held at Washington Football Hub on Sunday, May 23 from 1pm.
Sean added: “It is a football match as he used to go to a Sunday League team, the WorldPay Rangers, and helped manage them.
“So everyone who played for that team is playing, getting sponsorship in and organising a raffle.
“Everyone has got close to his mum, dad and sister. At the time everyone thought it was a joke because he was quite comical so no-one thought it was real at first. It was upsetting."
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