Tributes flood in for Gus

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TRIBUTES are continuing to flood in for highly-respected Hartlepool figurehead Gus Robinson.

The Mail’s website has been inundated with readers leaving messages of condolence for the 62-year-old businessman and boxing promotor, who died suddenly on Tuesday.

It is the biggest response the Mail has ever had to stories giving readers the opportunity to pay their respects.

Mourners’ messages include:

l “A real gentleman who would offer his help at the drop of a hat. He sponsored many people in sports events and really looked after his friends and family. My deepest sympathies to Judith and his children. This is a really big loss to the town.” With love Graeme, Jo and boys X

l “Such a sad loss to Hartlepool and the community. Gus Robinson was an inspiration when I was growing up, my thoughts are with his family at this sad, sad time.” Vicki Maddison.

l “Such sorry news about Gus. My sincere thoughts go to the friends and family of Gus at this tragic time.” Dominic Wade.

l “I am sure that his life is something to be truly celebrated and Gus leaves a positive mark on this world and will do for many years to come. Our condolences to his family.” Christine Blakey and David Nin xx.

l “Sad news about Gus Robinson. He got a lot of lads through their time in this town and supported a lot of good and sporting causes as well. Town certainly a lesser place without him. May he rest in peace.” Jimmy Hepple, Hartlepool.

l “This is the saddest news and I am so shocked, I can only say what a loss and a big hole will be left in many peoples hearts. He was a man of kindness and integrity, and was also one of the most giving and playful people, always protecting and caring for those around him. RIP Gus.” Annie Ivanova (Gilbert)

l “Regarded Gus as a construction competitor for many years until by chance I sat next to him on a flight to Spain a few years ago, we got on great and my brother ended up buying a villa from him! Top man, will be a big miss to business world and the community. Sincere condolences to Judith and all his loved ones.” Tony Whelan.

Family man Gus was found dead at his home in Hollymount, off The Parade, in the West Park area of Hartlepool, at around 7.10am on Tuesday.

Ambulance and police were called to the scene but after carrying out investigations, officers ruled there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

Hartlepool coroner Malcolm Donnelly is expected to open an inquest into his death over the next few days, and funeral details have not yet been announced.

l Leave your tribute at www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk