Phil Boyd, from Bootle, had a massive heart attack in his hotel room in Kos, Greece and died on the spot, leaving behind four children and his fiancé Lucy Garrett
A dad-of-four died on holiday days before he was due to marry the love of his life.
Phil Boyd was on a holiday in Kos with his wife to be Lucy Garrett and family when he fell suddenly ill.
The Bootle man had a heart attack in his hotel room on October 19, Liverpool Echo reported.
He died on the spot – three days before his 52nd birthday, when he was due to get married.
Phil, who was described as a man who “loved life”, leaves behind his partner of 21 years Lucy and four children – Rebecca, 29, Sophie, 20, Jimmy, 16, and Teddy, aged six.
Friend Beverley Longsden said : “Phil was dead easy going and happy, he just loved life.
“He loved his music and having a sing along when he was doing a plastering job.
“He had a massive heart attack on his birthday and passed away there and then. He would have been 52 that day.”
Phil and Lucy, 38, who lived in Walsall, West Midlands, had originally planned to get married in Mexico, but their dreams were put on hold due to coronavirus restrictions.
In June 2020 Phil suffered from a heart attack and had a stent fitted.
The couple later rearranged for their wedding to take place in Kos, Greece, where they flew out on October 13, just days before Phil died.
The family are now fundraising to bring Phil’s body home, something they cannot pay for with his travel insurance as his pre-existing medical condition was not disclosed to the company.
Beverley said Lucy is “broken” since Phil’s death, and described their relationship as a true “love story.”
Beverley said: “She met him when she was 16 – he was older than her. He worked for the fair and she literally fell hook line and sinker for him and ran away to be with him.
“They were always smiling, always laughing. They spent every penny they’ve got on enjoying life.”
All money raised in donations will go towards getting Phil’s body back to the UK and his funeral, and to support the family at this time.