Much-loved Staffordshire dad, 42, dies suddenly leaving family heartbroken

Mark Villers' close friend Stephen Plant said this photo of Mark with a beer pulling a face typified his fun-loving and larger-than-life character
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A Staffordshire family have been left heartbroken following the sudden death of a dad at the age of just 42. Mark Villers leaves behind his wife Becci, 34, and had a four-year-old son, Billy.

At the time of his death, mortgage advisor, Mark had been excited about relocating to his "dream" home in Barton-under-Needwood, near Uttoxeter. Now his friend Stephen Plant has launched a fundraising page in memory of Mark with £18,000 pledged in donations within a day.

As Stephen recalls, Mark was a "larger-than-life" character, always ready to lend a helping hand. He lost his fight for life on Tuesday morning, May 21. Initially, he sought medical help for chest and back pain during the early hours of Saturday and was discharged on Sunday. However, he was readmitted the following day, reports Birmingham Live.

Sharing his grief, events manager Stephen said: "Mark was a very close friend of mine. He was the most generous guy ever. One-of-a-kind. He'd shave his legs and hair to raise money for charity.

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"He was a larger-than-life character, an avid Villa supporter. They were just about to move to their dream home in Barton-under-Needwood. He always wanted to make the world a better place. He had a lot of friends. He changed so many lives not just with mortgages but in life. He was there for anyone and helped anyone.

"I could never see this happening to him. He trained and worked out every day."

Stephen has launched a GoFundMe page to support Becci with the funeral expenses and financial needs, as she worked closely with him. He expressed his conviction that Mark would have done the same for him, adding that Mark's family have expressed their gratitude.

Mark Villers, pictured wirth his wife Becci and son, Billy, died suddenly at Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield on Tuesday aged just 42
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Stephen remarked: "I set up the GoFundMe page to help Becci with funeral costs and financial support. She worked alongside him. I know he'd do the same for me. His family have thanked me and I said it was the least I could do."

He also shared memories of Mark's love for boxing, partying, and cherished moments with his family at their caravan in Weston-Super-Mare. Stephen described Mark as a 'top, top bloke, very much a family man and loved Becci and Billy more than anything in the world.

In his heartfelt tribute on the fundraising page, Stephen wrote about Mark's altruistic nature: "Mark would help everyone and anyone. He was selfless. Mark always gave to charities and also raised money for charities. He would always be the first to get involved - usually with a crazy idea."

Stephen continued to praise Mark's character, saying: "Mark was such a kind, caring and strong person, striving to make a difference in this world. Mark was always the loudest person in the room, the life and soul of the party. He was one of the funniest, maddest, barmiest people I have ever met."

He further highlighted Mark's genuine and helpful personality: "What you saw was what you got with Mark. He has helped many of us get on the property ladder and helped make so many people's dreams come true. He assisted so many with house moves and supporting them on a memorable chapter of their lives."

Lastly, Stephen honoured Mark's role in his family and among friends: "Mark was the best husband, son, brother, uncle, son-in-law, brother-in-law, nephew, cousin and a devoted dad to his son, Billy. A remarkable friend and confident to many of us, a loyal Villa fan and a passionate lover of life.

"Mark has left a massive void in so many people's lives, he was one of kind, he touched so many hearts and will be deeply missed. Our job now is supporting Becci, Billy and the family at this sad time."

"We hope we can help lighten the huge burden on their shoulders by raising funds this way, if you can give anything, please do Mark we all love you mate, rest easy son, don't cause too much havoc up there Villers. RIP MARK VILLERS - THE LEGEND."

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