Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Chris Couldn't Wait to Be a Dad - Losing Him Just Doesn't Seem Real

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Chris Couldn't Wait to Be a Dad - Losing Him Just Doesn't Seem Real

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Byline: TONI GUILLOT @ToniGuillot89

Chris with older brother Paul THE wife of a much-loved Teesside teacher has paid tribute to her "best friend and soul mate" who was desperate to become a dad.

Danielle Baines said it was "love at first sight" when she met Christopher 'Dyke' Baines in 2006.

The pair, from Acklam, hit it off straight away and Danielle, who was working as an English teacher in Hong Kong at the time, decided to move back home so they could make it official.

"I was visiting home for a week and my friend was trying to set me up with someone," said Danielle, 33.

"I wasn't really interested, but as soon as I saw Chris I knew it was love.

"I had to go back to Hong Kong so we started to write to each other and about six weeks later he paid for me to come home - we were inseparable ever since."

Christopher was brought up in Acklam with his two brothers Paul and Richard and was a pupil at Green Lane Primary before he moved onto Hall Garth School.

He gained his welding trade and spent time working for machinery companies Lionweld and Caterpillar but soon found the bug for travelling with Danielle.

Boro fan Christopher decided to study FA football coaching at Teesside University and the couple headed to Hong Kong to live out their dreams as teachers.

"I had been offered another job out there and Chris had never been, so we decided to give it a shot," Danielle said.

"Chris mainly taught football - his friends would always laugh because he was never really any good at it.

"But he was like David Beckham to the kids over there, they thought he was a celebrity."

The pair married in 2008 and their world was complete when Danielle found out they were expecting their first baby in August last year.

"We had been trying for years so we were both over the moon when I fell," Danielle said.

Little Mieya Chrissy Patricia Baines, was born on May 4, just 12 weeks after Christopher, 37, was found unconscious at an address in Tsuen Wan, close to where the couple lived.

Danielle said: "We had already decided on her name before he died. Our favourite place to travel to was Maya Bay, in Thailand, but I changed the spelling to Mieya, to stand for 'made in England' as she was conceived when we were visiting home. …

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