Family pay tribute to loving Blackburn father

A HEARTBROKEN family have paid tribute to a ‘lovely, kind and very generous’ dad after he died suddenly at his home.

Darwen-born Graham Pressler, was described as ‘full of character’ and ‘a loving father’ by his mother, Shirley.

The 35-year-old former student of Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Blackburn, was a devoted dad to 10-year-old daughter Holly.

He also leaves dad Philip, and brother and sister, Dan and Emily.

An inquest has been opened into Mr Pressler’s death, after he was found at his Norfolk Street, Blackburn, home.

It is believed he may have fallen down the stairs.

His mum said she would always treasure memories of ‘her Graham’.

She said: “He was lovely, really kind and very clever.

“He liked DIY and cooking. He just liked to help around the home. He was cheeky as well - full of character, and a loving father to Holly.”

Shirley said Graham enjoyed cooking for the family and his daughter.

She said: “We had spent a lot of time together recently because he moved back to the area from Rochdale.

“He barbecued for us all the Sunday before he died.

“And I think it was nice that on Mothering Sunday we had a walk round Entwistle Reservoir, then went for a meal at the Strawbury Duck.

“At Christmas he cooked a meal for Holly. He enjoyed our family get-togethers.” Graham’s sister Emily said: “He was really caring and a great brother. He was a family man.

“He also really liked his music, particularly dance, house and old school, and films.”

His brother Dan said: “He was a lot more popular than I ever think he realised.”

Mr Pressler, a former pupil at Holy Trinity Primary School, Darwen, went travelling in Spain after leaving school, working as a chef.

When he returned to the UK, he worked for law firms in Darwen, Blackburn and Bury for many years, but had recently been studying bathroom and kitchen fitting at Blackburn College.

The inquest into his death has been adjourned until a full hearing on June 14.

A funeral is expected to be held on Thursday, with a place and time still to be arranged.

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12:10pm Sat 7 Apr 12

barmyarmy63 says...

Sorry for the sad news, Graham was a nice person who always seemed to have kind words for others and will be sadly missed by all the lads at the Fernhurst RIP fella.
Sorry for the sad news, Graham was a nice person who always seemed to have kind words for others and will be sadly missed by all the lads at the Fernhurst RIP fella. barmyarmy63

6:23pm Sat 7 Apr 12

Cha'mone MF says...

This is awful. Why is it that scumbags that cause nothing but harm and misery seem to be indestructible but yet seemingly decent people succumb to such a tragic end.
This is awful. Why is it that scumbags that cause nothing but harm and misery seem to be indestructible but yet seemingly decent people succumb to such a tragic end. Cha'mone MF

4:20pm Sun 8 Apr 12

sallythomson says...

Sorry for the sad news. My thoughts are with Holly and the family.
Sorry for the sad news. My thoughts are with Holly and the family. sallythomson

1:24pm Tue 10 Apr 12

kenny08 says...

i went to primary school with graham in all his classes right through to the end ... what a shock to hear about this i am soooo sorry to hear of the tragic accident god bless you .. rip xx sending my thoughts prayers and love to his family especially his little girl , shame i only just moved off norfolk st hope it wasnt the same house we just moved out of them stairs was very steep mind god bless you graham ****
i went to primary school with graham in all his classes right through to the end ... what a shock to hear about this i am soooo sorry to hear of the tragic accident god bless you .. rip xx sending my thoughts prayers and love to his family especially his little girl , shame i only just moved off norfolk st hope it wasnt the same house we just moved out of them stairs was very steep mind god bless you graham **** kenny08

9:49pm Tue 10 Apr 12

kathtootell says...

I am currently studying kitchen and bathroom fitting with Graham, he was a great person really clever helped me a lot with my work, he will be sadly missed in the class, my thoughts are with his family.
I am currently studying kitchen and bathroom fitting with Graham, he was a great person really clever helped me a lot with my work, he will be sadly missed in the class, my thoughts are with his family. kathtootell

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