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Lee was devoted to his children; FAMILY PAYS TRIBUTE TO DOTING DAD AGED 43.

Byline: DAVE ROBSON dave.robson@trinitymirror.com @Daverobson_gaz

THE family of devoted dad Lee Nicholson have paid tribute to a doting family man who was a "much-loved friend to his army of brothers across the world."

An inquest on Monday heard how Mr Nicholson, 43, was found dead at his home in Lime Road, Normanby, on April 17.

Teesside Senior Coroner Clare Bailey, who heard evidence from Mr Nicholson's partner, recorded a narrative verdict that he did kill himself "although there is uncertainty as to his intention to do so".

But his family says that far from having problems with drink, drugs and depression, as suggested at the inquest, he was a hard-working father who "went above and beyond" to provide for his five children - Carl, Jake, Mia, Archie and Jack.

The family is also unhappy they weren't contacted by the authorities "for a true account of the details of Lee's life and evidently his death".

Lee's sister Kelly Jordan said: "Lee was well-loved and well-known across the world. He was a hard working father who went above and beyond to provide for his five children."

Kelly told how Lee was a "real party boy" in his youth who "didn't care whose house they descended on, as long as the party continued and his beloved music kept playing."

With home life centred on Middlesbrough and London, Kelly says Lee worked everywhere from Southampton to South Africa - "but his life dramatically turned around when his son was born with Down's Syndrome, and he recently decided to become a stay at home dad that doted on his children. His whole life revolved around his children, and he would see to their every need."

Kelly said: "Lee was also a very close, loving family member, who adored his dad John, brothers David and Andrew, sister Kelly and aunty Eileen. Sadly our mum had passed away in April 2016. We all took this very badly, as she had suffered a shock sudden death.

"And yes, like the rest of us, Lee suffered a slight depression afterwards. But we are a very strong family, and we helped each other through.

"Lee had visited most of the family in the weeks previous to his death, as it had been the first anniversary of our mum's passing. Never at any point during these visits did Lee seem suicidal. "On Lee's final day, he had spent the afternoon at his brother's house with the family, enjoying a roast dinner.

"Then what happened on that night will only ever be known by Lee himself, and God above."

Kelly added: "Lee was in constant daily contact with his family and spoke to us openly and deeply regarding issues affecting his happiness. These conversations are, and will always be kept private.

"We all desperately miss him, and love him so, so much. He knew he was loved. I hope this puts the story straight and hope that Lee's memory has not been tarnished in any way. We would like him to be remembered as the beautiful doting dad, son, brother, nephew and much loved friend of his army of brothers across the world."

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Lee Nicholson standing on a mountain while working in South Africa. Inset above right is Lee and top left he is pictured with son Archie. Left, Lee is with Jake, Mia, Archie and Jack

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jul 8, 2017
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