Family and friends remember popular Wearside grandfather with charity event

Shaun Summerside is surrounded by family and friends of his father Stephen, as they hold a family day at the Howard Arms, Roker Avenue.

Shaun Summerside is surrounded by family and friends of his father Stephen, as they hold a family day at the Howard Arms, Roker Avenue.

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Family and friends came together on Saturday to honour a much-loved Wearside grandfather who died while working on a car ferry.

Stephen Summerside, from Roker, passed away in January this year while servicing a lift on board the MV Ulysses while it was berthed at Queen Elizabeth Dock, in Falmouth, Cornwall.

Stephen Summerside died while working on a car ferry in Cornwall.

Stephen Summerside died while working on a car ferry in Cornwall.

It is understood Stephen, 44, died after getting trapped between the lift and the shaft.

The father-of-two and grandfather-of-two had been a supporter of the charity Help for Heroes, which helps members of the British armed forces who have been wounded or injured in the line of duty.

On Saturday, a fun day in his memory was held at his local pub – the Howard Arms, in Roker Avenue – to raise funds for the charity.

Son Shaun Summerside, 25, said: “Before he died, my dad said he wanted to do something for Help for Heroes, but he never knew what to do.

Now he’s not here, the baton has been passed to me and my family

Shaun Summerside

“He just wanted to do his bit for them.

“He bought the hoodies and T-shirts, but wanted to do something on a bigger scale.

“Now he’s not here, the baton has been passed to me and my family.

“By raising funds for Help for Heroes at the pub he used to go on a weekend, it felt like our way of doing something for him.

“It was also a good way to get all of our friends and family together again, because the last time was for his funeral.”

Stephen was a dad to Shaun and Scott, 21, and grandfather to Mia, six, and Beau, one. He was married to Donna, 45.

At the charity event in his honour, there was a bouncy castle, barbecue and raffle, while former Sunderland AFC footballer Julio Arca was on hand to draw the raffle.

Among the items which had been donated was a signed Sunderland kit and football boots.

Shaun added: “The event went very well, and people came from all over to attend.

“However much money we managed to raise, we’ll be happy.”

Stephen went all over the country working as a lift engineer and was always game for a laugh, including dressing up on days out and being the first to get his face painted at an event in the Howard Arms.