Tributes to ‘dearly-loved’ man who died a month after he was stabbed in robbery
TRIBUTES have been paid to a kind-hearted man who has died nearly one month after he was stabbed during a robbery in his home.
Steven Butterworth had only recently become a widower, following the sudden death of his wife Mary.
The 62-year-old suffered four stab wounds during the raid on his home in Diamond Street, Leigh, on the evening of August 25.
The robber is alleged to have fled the scene with his wallet.
Mr Butterworth was being treated at Manchester Royal Infirmary where, on Friday night, he lost his fight for life.
In a tribute, his family said they are “devastated”, describing him as a “gentle and caring dad, grandad, brother and uncle.”
The family statement read: “He was a dedicated family man who was dearly loved by all — he was also a keen fisherman and friendly neighbour.”
“Sadly Steve recently became a widower when his wife of 36 years died unexpectedly and whilst grieving and struggling to come to terms with his loss, Steve was targeted and brutally attacked and robbed in his own home.”
Neighbours also expressed their sadness at the death of Mr Butterworth who was described as “the most kind-hearted man you could ever meet.”
Vicky Clarke said: “He was like a bit of a bodyguard for me. He would sit outside his house and keep an eye on any trouble.
“He was always up for a chat and would give me any gossip that he had — he will be a real loss.”
Another neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: “He was so helpful. He would pump my tyres up for me and he even gave me my first ever mobile phone — it won’t be the same around here without him.
“He was a lovely man and we are all feeling the shock at what has happened.”
A friend of Mr Butterworth, who also wished to remain anonymous, said: “He will always be in our hearts as one of the kindest men you could ever meet — he never asked for help but always wanted to help others.”
A post mortem examination was being carried out over the weekend to establish a cause of death.
Detective Chief Inspector Howard Millington, who is leading the investigation, said: “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the relatives and friends of Mr Butterworth who are clearly devastated by his death.
“This in now a murder investigation and although someone has been charged with offences in relation to this matter we are still keen to hear from anyone who may have any information about the incident.” Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anony-mously, on 0800 555 111.
- David Dempsey, aged 42, of Kermishaw Nook, Tyldesley, was charged earlier this month with attempted murder, robbery and possession of an offensive weapon.
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