Mother’s grief after ‘fit and healthy’ son, 33, went to sleep after Christmas dinner with the family and never woke up
- Mike Dyson, 33, died at family home in Almondbury, West Yorkshire, last month
- Quality controller went to sleep before opening his presents and never woke up
- Post-mortem was inconclusive and is not known whether there will be an inquest
- Heather Dyson, 54, paid tribute to her son, saying he had an ‘infectious smile’
A mother-of-four has told of her grief after her ‘fit and healthy’ son went to sleep after Christmas dinner with his family and never woke up.
Mike Dyson, 33, died at his family home in Almondbury, West Yorkshire, last month with a post-mortem proving his cause of death as inconclusive.
His mother Heather Dyson, 54, said it had been just another normal Christmas Day with most of her close family present to celebrate the festive season.
But Mike tragically passed away before opening his presents. Heather and her daughter, Leanne, performed CPR before paramedics arrived.
Ms Dyson said: ‘We had all had Christmas dinner and he had had a few drinks. Later on we found he was asleep and wouldn’t wake up.
Mike Dyson, 33, pictured with his 54-year-old mother, Heather. The quality controller passed away at his family home in West Yorkshire last month with a post-mortem proving inconclusive
‘My daughter Leanne and I tried bringing him around with CPR and heart massage but paramedics took over.
‘Despite their best efforts, he was pronounced dead at 8.20pm. I can’t believe he’s gone. I keep expecting him to walk through the door.
‘He used to do a funny Usain Bolt impression when he came home from work and I can’t believe he won’t be stood there doing it again and saying one of his favourite expressions: “It’ll be reet”.
‘He was a big lad, 20-plus stone and 6ft 5in tall with an infectious smile and there have been so many tributes it’s been quite overwhelming.
‘We hadn’t got round to opening the presents on Christmas Day and they were still under the tree but finally we said we will have to do it on New Year’s Day.’
She added: ‘He was a big Huddersfield Giants fan and used to love reading sporting biographies so I’d bought him one about Batley Bulldogs.
‘He never got to open it but his brother Jordan, 28, is reading it. He said he is reading it for him. He always loved that festive time of year – Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day – he used to love those days the most in all the year.’
Ms Dyson said she did not know yet whether an inquest would be opened into his death.
She said she was warmed by how many people turned out as the cortège wound its way through the village and past the John Smith’s Stadium where the Giants play.
Ms Dyson, a full-time carer for her husband Stewart, said: ‘It was a shock, his death has still not properly sunk in, it came completely out of the blue.
Mike (pictured above) was a member of Almondbury Liberal Club and played darts at The Sun pub in Lepton. He worked as a quality controller at Wesco Aircraft EMEA Ltd (now Incora)
‘It’s heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time that he meant so much to so many people – I never realised he knew so many people and for so many people to be touched by him.
‘His older sister Emma, 35, is in Australia and was gutted that she was unable to attend because of the Covid situation.
‘He died on Christmas Day and strangely enough he was due to be born on Christmas Day but he was two months early and arrived on October 28.’
Mike was well-known as a member of Almondbury Liberal Club and played darts at The Sun pub in Lepton. He worked as a quality controller at Wesco Aircraft EMEA Ltd (now Incora) in Clayton West.
The company organised a special memorial service for him for previous and current employees to show their respect with representations from France, Italy and the USA.
Ms Dyson said: ‘He used to travel abroad with his work so he had friends all over the world.’
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