FAMILY and colleagues have paid tribute to a “well-loved” dad who died while on a trip to the Costa Del Sol.

Andrew Wallace, 54, was on holiday with friends at the resort last weekend when he went for a walk and lost contact with them. His body was found on Saturday at 2pm.

Talking to The Bolton News, Andrew’s nephew Kelby Makin said his uncle was a workaholic who “doted on his grandchildren” because “they changed his life”.

He said: “He was known for his quick wit and no-nonsense approach.

“He said what he wanted and did what he wanted, but he was well-loved.

“The most important thing about him was that he would always, always, always give you his last pound, no matter what — but never let you forget it!” he joked.

In an earlier post on Facebook, Kelby said: “He loved each and every single one of us unconditionally. He would do anything for anyone.”

He added he had been told there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death, and they had been told the cause of death was drowning.

Andrew, who was partner to Paula, father to Taylor and Ainsley and a grandfather to Tommy, Noah and soon-to-be born Daisy, worked as a project manager for Westshield, a construction company.

Managing director Patrick Waldron, who was on holiday with Andrew at the time of the death, said: “He was a man of the people. In the day-to-day business, he was very hands-on and was very well liked and respected.

“We’ve lost more than a member of staff. He had been here for 12 months but we knew he was going to be here for keeps.

“It’s quite honestly numbing and it’s had a massive effect on our lives. He’s going to be a big loss to the Bolton community.

“He stuck to his roots and was proud to be from here.

“I’d like to pay tribute to his family and offer them my condolences.”

Patrick said that as a mark of respect on Monday, the men at the business stood down from their work for the day to honour Andrew.

Andrew, who nephew Kelby said was an avid fan of motorbikes, has also been receiving dozens of tributes from friends on Facebook.

One user wrote: “(He was) the best guy with a great heart who laughed even when down, who gave a hand when needed and who went the extra mile.”

Another wrote: “All my love goes out to the Wallace family, I have known Andrew all my life. Goodnight my old friend."