THE BOXING fraternity in the Dispatch district is in mourning after the death of well-known Hucknall coach Paul Singleton.
The 52-year-old (pictured) died at Nottingham City Hospital on Sunday (February 19) after fighting cancer. He will be remembered locally as one of the founders and a driving force behind the St George Amateur Boxing Club in Hucknall.
Singleton also played a key role in the amateur career of Bulwell fighter Shane McPhilbin, who was last month crowned British cruiserweight champion in a shock victory.
It was McPhilbin who led the tributes to Paul this week, saying: “RIP super ‘Singo’, friend/father. The world will be a lesser place.
“I will always remember the good times, the laughs we shared and the journeys we made. You were always there for me.
“You were a massive part of my life and my career. I wouldn’t be where I am without you.”
Paul, of Farleys Lane, launched the St George club on St George’s Day 1997, along with Russell Cartlidge.
They took on dilapidated premises at the Peveril Street Community Centre in Hucknall.
Through hard work, fundraising and determination, Paul and his team renovated the former Ashfield District Council premises.
Club coach Jay Parkin said: “A measure of the man was that even while he was having chemotherapy for cancer, he found time to fit a kitchen at the club. The news of his death is devastating.”
Paul, who was a builder by trade, leaves his partner of 18 years, Susan Haywood, and six children, Luke, Jake, Joe, Lucy, Claire and Charlie.
The funeral is at Bramcote Crematorium on Thursday March 1 at 1.15 pm.
The St George club will continue to run with a six-strong management committee.