TRIBUTES have been paid to a Seaforth man who has died after a lifetime raising money for good causes.
Harry Howell, of Sandy Road, Seaforth, was away with two friends in Lloret de Mar, Spain, in early October when he collapsed suddenly and was rushed to hospital.
Doctors discovered the 56-year-old, who had also been battling cancer for more than 20 years, had blood poisoning in his legs which had spread to his kidneys and other organs.
Following a frantic bid to fly Harry home, his friends and family raised enough money to have the father-of-one transferred to University Hospital Aintree where he sadly died on Sunday morning surrounded by his family.
Paying tribute, Harry’s sister, Margaret Neary, also of Sandy Lane, Seaforth, said: “Harry went peacefully and the main thing is we managed to get him home were he was with his friends and family.”
Margaret was full of praise for Harry’s friends who worked desperately to get their mate, who once walked from Hillsborough to Anfield to raise money for the victims of the 1989 disaster, back to England.
“His mates have been amazing – it’s unbelievable what they have done for him.”
“All the pubs where Harry drank have been brilliant and I just can’t thank everyone enough for their help.
“His mates have told me to mind my own business when it comes to the cost of the funeral as they will organise it.”
Harry’s friend’s are now planning a fine send off for their pal with a karaoke planned for the charity worker’s wake.
Margaret added: “They are not going to be too morbid at his funeral because that is not what he would of wanted.
“Harry certainly won’t be forgotten in a hurry, that’s for sure.”
Harry’s funeral will be held on Monday at 10.30 am, at St Thomas of Canterbury Church, Great Georges Road, Waterloo.