Dozens of former school friends, neighbours, work colleagues and patients used our Facebook page to pay tribute to Dan Barlow.

Former Parkroyal classmate Andrew McMurdo said: “Some people gave him a bit of a hard time when he was young, then he went on to make a career of easing other people’s pain.

“This is the sort of guy everyone should look up to.”

Ryles Park school friend Zoe Nixon said: “Dan always had a big smile for everyone at school, he never had a bad word to say about anyone. A lovely lad gone too soon.”

Former classmate Victoria Fenson said: “I will never forget having to do country dancing, Dan always ended up as my partner, it always ended in laughs. A truly lovely person.”

Former neighbour on Roe Street, Rob Turner said: “Chatted to him a thousand times in the yard while he fixed his bikes.

“Lovely, lovely chap.”

Hospital colleague Katie Gardiner said: “What an honour it was to have known and worked with Dan. I always knew he would succeed in whatever he did and be so loved by whoever he met.”

Michelle Lloyd, a former colleague, said Dan had “a smile so bright that it could light up a whole room”, while Judith Yeates said: “Dan was loved by all who knew and worked with him. The sweetest soul you could meet.”

Former patient Mary Kirkby said Dan’s “valid contribution to the wellbeing of the people of Macclesfield will be missed”.

Cycling pal Andy Thornton said: “A big tall man with a big big heart.

“One in a million and loved by all who knew him.

“He married a beautiful girl and produced two gorgeous girls – he lives on through them – never to be forgotten.”

Fellow cyclist Steve Orme said: “Heart of gold. His life was too short but his impact on every one was magnificent and positive.”

Friend Bernard Gallagher said: “Dan truly was a one in a million kind of bloke. He had kindness, warmth and positivity in abundance – and a smile that could light up a room.

“We would do well to try and live the rest of our lives just a bit more like Dan lived his.”

Michelle Hill said: “A huge loss for everyone who knew him, he was one of life’s diamonds.”

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