TRIBUTES have been paid to a dog-racing enthusiast and devoted dad.
Thomas Banks White died from a brain haemorrhage and diabetes aged 75.
He is survived by his estranged wife Irene, daughters Lisa Coggin, 41, and Annette Tilley, 44, and twin sons Thomas banks white and John White, both 33, and Thomas Davies 34.
He also had 13 grandchildren and one great grandson.
He was a dedicated dog-lover who spent decades racing dogs.
His daughter Lisa described him as a devoted dad.
She said: “He was massive at the dog track. Everyone knew him at the dogs and it was something that we all did as kids.
“He was a massive character and was laughing all the time. No-one made me laugh like him.”
He passed away last Wednesday in the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton
Tommy, a former seacoaler and labourer, was diagnosed with lung cancer back in 2009, and also suffered other health problems over the years.
Lisa added: “One thing that he always said was that cancer would never take him. He never stopped going to the dogs throughout his illness. He never wanted sympathy.”
Tommy’s funeral takes place at Stranton Crematorium today at noon.