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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Girlfriend grieves loss of the love of her life

DALE Burn’s girlfriend is trying to come to terms with her boyfriend’s shock death.

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TOGETHER: Dale Burns and girlfriend, Sarah Keverne

The couple met four years ago when they both worked at Barrow’s Stollers Furniture World and went on to have their son Ethan.

Yesterday morning the two-and-a-half-year-old was unaware that his daddy wouldn’t be coming home as he ran around and attempted to eat his cornflakes.

As she held her son, Sarah Keverne, 32, described Dale as the love of her life.

Sitting in her immaculate terraced house on Chatsworth Street, Barrow, she openly wept as she tried to make sense of what had happened to her “cheeky chappy.”

She explained how Dale, 27, was a cab driver at Avon Cars, Walney, and over the years had worked as a bouncer at various pubs and clubs around Barrow, including Kavannas in Cornwallis Street.

Miss Keverne said in his younger years the former Thorncliffe School pupil had a trial at Blackpool FC as a goalkeeper.

She said: “He was just a lovely bloke. A real gym freak. He started body-building when he was about 15 or 16. He was such a cheeky chappy and was loved by so many people. He was one of those who could get himself out of anything. He certainly had the gift of the gab.”

She admitted that the fact he had taken steroids in the past was something Dale never denied and openly talked about.

The mum-of-two described him a fantastic father to Ethan and his daughter Honor, from a previous relationship, who was four yesterday.

The distraught mum also said Dale was a loving father figure to her daughter Emma, aged seven.

Miss Keverne said: “He was brilliant with both kids.

“As soon as he came through the door he would say to Ethan ‘all right big man’ and they would have a toy fight.

“It was hilarious. They would fall to the floor and roll all over the place.

“I don’t know what to say. I’m just in total shock. It was the last thing I expected.

“He was a fantastic dad and we loved him very much. He will be missed so much.”

Hayley McGoldrick , 25, of Pine Road, Barrow, was a close friend of Dale’s when they were at school.

She said they had lost touch over the years but became friends again when he started dating her friend Miss Keverne.

She said it was difficult to accept such a lovely man had gone.

Miss McGoldrick said: “We were always driving around in his car. He had an old Manta. He’ll hate me for saying it, but he used to pick me up and we would sing Bon Jovi into hair brushes.

“He was just everyone’s mate and everyone that knew him loved him.”

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