It has been three months since local Policeman and rugby referee Graham Eddy passed away, and a Givealittle page has been set up to help his young family.
In December 2016 Graham passed away after suffering from a heart attack, while refereeing a social rugby game in Karaka.
Described as a loving family man, a hard working policeman and sports enthusiast, Graham left behind his wife Allie and young daughters, Maddie and Scarlett.
Graham was part of the Counties Manukau Rugby Referees association, and had been refereeing in their league for the past three seasons after moving from the Auckland Referees Association.
Described as dedicated and well respected in the league, Graham was on the verge of being named as a regular Premier-grade referee. He led a healthy lifestyle, and enjoyed being active and fit, but most of all, he loved being a family man to his daughters and wife.
In a statement released last year, Allie stated that his love of people is what really set Graham apart. According to Allie, her husband could talk to anyone and was always ready to lend a hand.
Family friend, Kenneth Webb, has since created a Givealittle page to help the young family with education and sporting opportunities, as well as helping assist Allie after the sudden death of her husband.
"As a family friend who is unsure what financial backup is available immediately to the family, we would like to allow Allie to be a good mum to the girls without the immediate stress of financial concerns in the short term."
So far, just over $5000 has been raised, and the family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the those who have generously donated.
Those who are interested in helping assist the family can visit www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/grahameddy
Caption: Graham Eddy, pictured with daughters Maddie and Scarlett. Graham passed away suddenly in December 2016 after suffering from a heart attack.