Family pays tribute to Warsop chef

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THE family of a young Warsop chef who died after a fall have described him as ‘the most caring person in the world’.

Luke Lee (24) died on 29th August after falling, hitting his head and then suffocating at the pub in Barlow, Chesterfield, where he worked.

He was discovered on the floor of the pub in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday by a colleague who he had been consoling during his night off.

Luke’s father, Paul Lee, remembered him as being very sociable from a young age.

“When he was a kid on a school trip he disappeared on a ferry to the Isle of Wight and they found him with a bunch of pensioners,” Paul said.

And stepmother Dawn Lee added: “Every 10 seconds he was stopping and talking to someone. He knew everyone.”

Luke, of Fell Wilson Grove, had been working at the Old Pump in Barlow as second chef at the time of his death.

But his first job in a kitchen was at Wonderland Pleasure Park when he was 14, working part-time. His first full-time job after leaving school was at Thoresby Hall.

The popular Warsop man worked at various kitchens over the years including The Plough in Hathersage, Derbyshire.

Dawn said Luke lived in a caravan during his time there and staff at the pub told him stories about a black panther on the moors before he walked home at night.

Luke attended Hetts Lane, Sherwood Junior and Meden schools and played rugby for Mansfield until he was 16. He was also a big football fan and supported the Stags.

Dad Paul said Luke was a proper lad and the lads came first. “He treated everybody the same but if you did not like his sense of humour you kept out of his way,” he said.

“It did not matter if you met him for a week or 20 seconds. He always made an impression.”

Luke’s funeral will be held at Warsop Parish Church on Friday at 11.30am.

Paul said anyone who knew Luke is invited to attend and should wear bright colours. A horse and carriage will depart from Fell Wilson Grove at 11am. Friends of Luke are invited to walk behind.

Luke’s wake will be held at the Ex-Servicemen’s Club on Carr Lane.