Tacolneston community stalwart Kevin Grint dies while out cycling

Kevin Grint died while out cycling. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Kevin Grint died while out cycling. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: copyright: Archant 2014

Emotional tributes have been paid to a popular retired community-minded businessman who died while he was out cycling.

The Woodland Club in Tacolneston where Kevin Grint was the chairman.

The Woodland Club in Tacolneston where Kevin Grint was the chairman. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

Kevin Grint, in his 50s and from Tacolneston, died after he suffered a suspected cardiac arrest while he was cycling in the nearby south Norfolk village of Forncett St Peter on Friday afternoon.

Ambulance crews tried to save his life, but Mr Grint was pronounced dead at the scene in Norwich Road.

Mr Grint was a father of one, had run Dochart Packaging and Hygiene Supplies in Attleborough and played a pivotal role in running his village's social club.

He was the long serving chairman of the Woodland Club, which opened its doors on Friday night so members could remember their friend.

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A sign was also been put outside the club in Hall Road, part of which read: 'The club has lost a chairman and we have all lost a very good friend.'

Denise Howard, from the club, said: 'He was always jolly and always wanted to do what is right for the club. He worked extremely hard to keep the club going.'

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Clive Crane, 66 and from Tacolneston, knew Mr Grint for 20 years and said his friend enjoyed playing golf, going scuba diving and holidaying in Spain.

He said: 'He was a very good friend and he was instrumental in running the club.'

Beverley Spratt, parish council chairman for Tacolneston said: 'He kept the cohesion of the village going.'

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust said: 'We received a call on Friday at 12.34pm to reports of a man in cardiac arrest on Norwich Road to which we sent two ambulance crews, an ambulance officer and the East Anglian Air Ambulance too.

'Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of everyone involved, he was pronounced dead at the scene. Our thoughts are with the friends and family involved at this sad time.'

Do you want to pay tribute to Mr Grint? Email anthony.carroll@archant.co.uk or call 01379 651153.

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