SEAN Caddy, who died last weekend, will be remembered by his family and friends as generous, loyal and hardworking, having shown huge determination to build up a business in the worst of the recession.
Mr Caddy, who was 44, collapsed last Saturday shortly after finishing a polo match. The sport was his main passion outside of his work, which involved running Doncaster-based security and financial services businesses.
Born and brought up in the town, the father-of-three grew up in the Scawthorpe area, and after leaving school had a number of jobs in retail, managing a branch of a national carpet chain before starting out on his own six years ago as the economic downturn began to bite.
Despite that, his firm, Security People, based in South Parade, Doncaster, became a huge success and supplied guards for Olympic events last year. His staff were also on hand during the New Year’s Eve celebrations by the River Thames in London a few weeks ago.
Mr Caddy’s family were called to the yard of his polo club, in Misson, near Doncaster, last Saturday after he returned to the stables following a match in nearby Tickhill. He had collapsed from a sudden heart attack.
Ambulance crews were called and he was taken to Bassetlaw Hospital in Worksop, but medics were unable to save him. His family said he was extremely happy at the time he died, having taken part in a sport he loved.
Mr Caddy took up polo after taking a lesson in the sport and becoming hooked. He travelled the country with his four ponies, and even had his own team which competed in events across the region and further afield.
Although he had separated from his wife Samantha, the pair were described as “best friends” and Mrs Caddy was with her former husband when he collapsed, having joined him at the polo match on Saturday.
The couple had three grown up children, Alex, Christian and Becca, and Mr Caddy was a devoted father who had encouraged them to play an active role in his businesses and in his hobbies, including polo.
Mr Caddy had been in good health before his sudden death, which has left his family, business associates and many friends and acquaintances in Doncaster and across the country in shock.
His other great love was cars, and he bought several, including an Aston Martin, a Range Rover and a Bentley Continental, and told his family that he had worked for his money and could afford to indulge himself.
But he was happy to share the trappings of his hard-earned wealth, allowing those close to him, both in family and in business, to drive his prestige vehicles and enjoy other aspects of the lifestyle he built for himself.
Mr Caddy had recently bought a house in the countryside just outside Doncaster and was planning to expand his business further as part of what family described as a “total commitment” to achieving his goals in life.
Described as a man who “never took handouts” he will be remembered as a self-made success and it is expected that his businesses will continue in the hands of his children.
His daughter Alex described him as a “hero” and an “amazing role model”, adding: “Everyone looked up to him for what he did for himself and what he did for others.”
Arrangements for Mr Caddy’s funeral have not yet been finalised.