Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Grieving Family's Tribute to 'Old-Fashioned Gentleman' ; Firefighter Had Been in Army for Seven Years Online Respects Paid by Thousands around World

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Grieving Family's Tribute to 'Old-Fashioned Gentleman' ; Firefighter Had Been in Army for Seven Years Online Respects Paid by Thousands around World

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THE grieving family of Stephen Hunt have paid tribute to 'an old- fashioned gentleman' who had served in the army before joining the fire service.

In a statement released through police, they said: "It is extremely hard to capture all of what Stephen means to our family.

Stephen was an old fashioned gentleman with manners that are rare in this day and age. With core values which included loving his family, being the best father that he could be, loving and affectionate to those that were close to him.

"Stephen lived to serve his country having served for seven years in the Royal Signals and then becoming a firefighter, which was a career that he was very proud of.

"The whole family will miss spending time with Stephen none more so than his son, daughter and grandmother.

"We loved his sense of humour and are very proud of him and what he brought to our lives."

Tributes from across the world have poured in for the 38-year- old, with thousands of people leaving messages of condolence online. A Facebook group in his memory was set up yesterday afternoon - and it had more than 4,000 members last night.

Colleagues and former workmates were among those paying their respects, as well as firefighters from around the globe.

Drew Leeming wrote: "God bless Steve, I am lucky to have been your friend and colleague, you will be missed."

" Paul Anthony posted: "I had the privilege to work with Stephen, he was a true gent, professional and dedicated to his work and family. RIP mate - you will be sadly missed by everyone. My condolences go out to all your family, colleagues and all your friends." Paul Burton added: "Had the great pleasure of serving alongside Steve in the Army. Steve's cheeky infectious grin could lighten any situation, he was an outstanding soldier and I consider myself lucky to have been his friend. …

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