FAMILY and friends have paid tribute to former Caistor mayor, avid football fan and passionate father Allan Baker.
Mr Baker, 54, had been ill for some time and suffered a heart attack at his home in Grimsby on Thursday, December 2.
Having lived in Caistor for nearly his entire life, Allan was well known in Caistor and served on the town council for eight years, including time as mayor.
He is survived by his wife Carole and daughter Diana.
Diana said: “He really, really enjoyed his work, travelled all over the world and he was due to go to China a few days after he died.
“Family was very important to him. I have so many great memories of him, it’s hard to pick out just one or two. I was very, very close to my dad.
“He went back to college to study business when I was a toddler and worked at night on the docks to support us.
“He worked his way up from scratch and turned into a successful businessman.
“He had me and wanted a better life for me and he put me through uni and my teaching degree, which I think was a very proud moment for him.”
She added: “He was an avid Halifax Town supporter. He was very passionate about it and it was a massive part of his life.
“He was a fan and sponsoring the team when there were no fans.”
Friend and fellow councillor Alan Caine said: “Allan served this town well, he lived here for most of his life and has a large extended family here.
“We were rivals at one time for district councillor and after that was over we became great mates.
“He wanted to do the best for Caistor and it is a very sad loss. He would not sit back and relax, he did everything he could to progress this town.”
Coun Caine added: “Along with so many other people I appreciate everything he did for Caistor.”
Friends and colleagues are welcome at the funeral service to be held at Grimsby Crematorium at 3.30pm on Wednesday, December 15.