TRIBUTE was paid at a weekend sporting fixture to a popular local man whose sudden death has shocked the community of Stanford-le-Hope and Corringham.
Dean McGaughin (left) was a well-known figure in the fundraising community, working to support the Stanford Music Festival, Hardie Park and Stanford Blooming marvels, among other organisations.
He passed away on Friday, prompting an outpouring of tributes on social media and at Saturday’s East Thurrock united FC match against Truro a minute’s silence was held as a mark of respect. A collection was made for his wife, Melissa and young family which raised more than £200 and further collections will be made at the club’s next two games.
A spokesperson for East Thurrock said: “Dean managed under nine and under ten teams over the past seasons and helped out at first team matches as a steward.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.”
The collection was organsied by one of Dean’s close friends Shane Ralph, who said: “Life can be so cruel. I have lost a not just a friend today but also someone that helped realise a community’s dream. Dean is going to be missed by so many.”
That has been reflected in many posts on social media.
Among them, Jacqueline Feeney said: “I will always remember Dean’s enthusiasm for our community, he was such a great guy,” while Carol Saltmarsh said: “He was such a lovely young man always wanting to help. Bless him and my thoughts are with his beautiful family.”
Peter Watson, on the Stanford Blooming Marvels community page wrote: “This is such terrible news. I can hardly believe it. Dean was so keen and community minded and a great help in getting Stanford Blooming marvels established. To pass away at such a tragically young age is so sad.”
Steve Henderson of Stanford Music Festival (pictured with Dean) was another close friend, who said: “It’s a sad day when you lose someone so young. Dean was always willing to help and will be missed by everyone.
“Not only did Dean do so much for the festival but he also did so much for the local community, Hardie Park especially.
Deano was a key in the infrastructure of setting up and packing down the music festival plus all his help organising and recruiting volunteers to help with the smooth running of the festival.
“His loss is a massive shock to us all
“He was such a kind guy with a huge heart. nothing was ever too much trouble for him. he would happily help anybody out anytime. It was an honour to have known him as my friend.”
Renae Laybourn, another well known figure in local community circles, said: “I had some fun times with Dean. He was always so very very proud of his family and their achievements, my thoughts are with them now.”
Dean featured in a number of the popular SS17 videos featured on You Tube – among them: