Death at 47 of villager who threw himself into fundraising

Date: Monday 26th November 2018

A COMMUNITY-spirited man who would do anything for anybody has died suddenly, aged 47.

Steve Williams was born to Carol Hickey in Ormskirk. Following school, he attended joinery college in Manchester and then went into pharmaceutical sales.

He met partner Christine Lord 22 years ago when they were both living in Sale, Greater Manchester. The couple visited the Lake District as campers in the 1990s and thought they would have a change of scenery, so moved to the area in 1998.

They worked at the Sun Inn, Pooley Bridge, for a time and had lived in the village ever since.

Steve worked as a chef and also for local caravan parks. Christine said he loved being in the woods and camping, enjoying the freedom of being outside.

He threw himself into village activities and joined the Pooley Bridge hall committee in December, 2015. He ran several village get-togethers and, for the Queen’s diamond jubilee celebrations, helped with setting up and fundraising, and also organised and ran a barbecue for 150 people.

When the village needed a defibrillator, he sold charity football cards and raised enough money for two machines.

He also helped to organise race nights and again sold charity football cards to help towards costs of replacement windows and other village hall projects.

Another cause close to his heart was Eden Animal Rescue, and Steve and Christine together raised money for the charity by hosting a pig racing event, which television personality Johnny Vegas attended.

Steve is survived by partner Christine and his mother-in-law, Sheila.