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Our beloved dad died as he lived - helping others; Man fell off ladder trying to aid locked-out woman.


A GRANDFATHER feU to his death trying to help a locked-out stranger get into her home.

Kevin Mangan was opening a first-floor window so the woman could get inside when he slipped off the ladder and fell to the street.

The 60-year-old grandad-of-two suffered head injuries and died in Fazakerley hospital.

Today, as Mr Mangan's four sons prepared to bury their beloved father, they paid tribute to the gentleman whom everyone called a good Samaritan.

He had been helping a friend with an odd job in Walton when he spotted the woman locked out of her home and went to offer his services.

Eldest son Anthony, 33, said: "It was typical of dad. He never thought twice about doing anything for anyone.

"He would do odd jobs that people needed doing without them even asking. Our neighbours and family would go home to find their fence had been painted or door fixed.

"Dad would go up to a stranger and point out that their gutters were broken and offer to fix them.

"He made you feel humble. There's a new saint on the way to heaven."

Mr Mangan, who retired from his warehouse job at Classic UK in February, was a single father who raised his four sons alone after separating from his wife.

The Liverpool FC fan and devout Catholic, of Beatrice Street, Bootle, washed, ironed and cooked for his boys, took them to school and collected them while working full time.

Anthony, father of Jacob, four, and Poppy, one, said: "I'll never forget when dad took us to Crosby marina and a boy had badly cut his foot.

"Dad walked around with the lad on his shoulders for hours looking for help. He'd give his last fiver to a beggar,.

"We didn't have much as kids, but he always said money wasn't everything. His lads were always washed, scrubbed and taken to church every Sunday.

"He did everything for us, we used to say he was the best mum and dad in the world.

"Years ago, he went away one weekend for a little break, but he came back on the Saturday because he was worried about us.

"He wouldn't go out much when we were young but always said the best part of a night out was coming home to his kids."

Mr Mangan's son's Anthony 33, Graham, 30, Kevin, 29, and Shaun, 27, held a surprise 60th birthday for him at the social club in the Girbobank building in Bootle in March.

Anthony, a line worker at Magna Intier automotive, said: "He was so happy about the party. He kept asking how we kept it a secret and had a real spring in his step.

"It was a special night, dad was dancing and laughing, all his family were there.

"Us four lads made a speech and said how much we loved him and how we never took everything he did for us for-granted. We owe him everything.

"Afterwards, he told us he felt life was just beginning for him. He'd enrolled on a computer course in Bedford Road college and had just got his bus pass. Dad joked he'd done something he'd never done before, spent pounds 40 on a nice shirt for himself from some of the money for his birthday.

"It's so tragic that God chose to take him now."

Mr Mangan's funeral service was taking place at St Richard's church, Bootle, today.

"It was typical of dad to help somebody like that. He never thought twice about doing anything for anyone." Anthony M angan



HAPPY TIMES: Kevin Mangan with his sons Anthony, Graham, Kevin and Shaun Mangan; FLASHBACK: Kevin with son Anthony; FAMILY MAN: Kevin with grandson Jacob
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 4, 2007
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