Tribute to a much loved postman

Philip Mead

Philip Mead

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Tributes have been paid to a former postman who always loved ‘a laugh and a joke’ despite battling a debilitating illness.

Philip Mead passed away last month, aged 45, leaving behind wife Shirley and four children.

For the last few years he had been battling kidney disease and diabetes, and had to give up his job as a postman after he began losing his eye sight.

Shirley, of Princess Anne Road, said: “He absolutely loved that job. He had always done catering jobs and jobs indoors and then he got the job on the post. He loved it in all weathers. It didn’t bother him whether it was raining or snowing. He was always having a laugh on his round with the residents and businesses.”

Philip spent most of his life living in Langold, moving to Worksop last year.

He was fit and healthy until five years ago when a routine diabetes check found problems with his kidneys. He underwent regular dialysis and consultants never gave up hope they would restore some of his sight.

Philip unexpectedly passed away at home last month from heart disease.

Shirley, who met Philip when they worked together at the Masonic Hall, said: “We always enjoyed ourselves. Anything what we could do, we did. He loved spending time with his kids. Even when he was ill we always had a laugh and a joke.”

Philip also loved music and going on holiday with his family.

Shirley thanked family and friends for their support and everyone at Bassetlaw Hospital’s renal unit.