Friends have paid tribute to a ‘wonderful’ man and ‘dedicated’ karate Sensei who died of coronavirus.
Michael Roach, from Formby, died on Friday, January 8, aged 56 after a short battle with covid.
Before his death members of the karate club and friends said Mick, who has one son and a granddaughter, was ‘fit and active’.
His friends have now set up a GoFundMe page in memory of Mike to help raise funds for his family and for a ‘great sending off’.
It reads: “We sadly lost a wonderful human being to covid. Everyone who came in contact with him knew him for his kindness and generousity and was loved by all of his family.”
Dave Wilson, from Maghull, had been a friend of Mike’s for more than 30 years. The 55-year-old said he would train with Mike weekly at the karate club.
He told the ECHO: “He was a well known figure around the village – everyone knew Mike.
“He was a generous guy, patient, he would do a lot of things for anyone, all you had to do was ask.”
Dave said that Mike had been fit and active and had trained in the karate club right up until Christmas. He’d last saw Mike when he was giving out chocolates to club members over the festive period.
He said: “He used to buy the kids chocolate and Easter eggs for Christmas and Easter, that’s just the type of man he was, and he was giving them out before Christmas.
“He was training right up till Christmas too but he took a turn for the worst after that.
“But usually he was an active guy and fit, he used to train a lot and he’d do big 30 mile bike rides just a year ago too.”
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Dave added: “He was the life and soul of the party always, he was always out and laughing, he’d always enjoy himself and life in general.”
Another friend Mick Tait, from Hightown, said Mike was ‘super fit’ and his passing had ‘devastated’ all of the club members.
Mick’s two children have been trained by Mike for years, he said: “We are all devastated because he’s given 40 years of his life to the club and he has been my sensei, an my sons’ sensei for so long.”
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The 41-year-old added: “His dedication was unbelievable, I’ve got two young boys and he was basically another dad to them because they look up to him.
“I’m getting upset just thinking about it because it’s such a sad passing.”
You can visit the memorial page of Michael Roach here at GoFundMe.