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Heartbreak as devoted dad who ‘seemed so happy’ dies, aged 37


Nov 11, 2023

A devoted dad who who was the "life and soul" of every party died, aged 37, after "struggling with his mental health". David Britton died suddenly last month, leaving behind devastated family and friends, including his brother Lee.


Lee said that David struggled with his mental health for several years but was said to be in good spitis shortly before his death. The 37-year-old's death came "out of the blue" and was a shock to all that knew him, his family said.

Lee told WalesOnline: "We had the best relationship, we were best friends. There was only a year and a half age difference so we were really close and we only lived 100m apart.

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"David had depression and he'd struggled with his mental health previously but lately he'd been ok. He'd just been away on holidays and he'd recently returned to rugby, things had been going really well."

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David, from Pontrhydyfen in Neath Port Talbot, worked as a nurse at Swansea Prison and played for Pontrhydyfen rugby club, according to his friend Daniel Owen. He said: "David was great, he was the life and soul of the party. He was a bit of a boy, a bit of an 'edda [nutter]! He was always up for a laugh and he was always there for people as well.

"He had a good relationship with his family and with his daughter, who's a teenager. David had struggled with his mental health for quite some time, so – with the support of the family – we [the rugby club] decided we'd raise money for Neath Port Talbot Mind Association in his memory."

Daniel has set up an online fundraiser for a local mental health charity in David's memory. Last week, many of David's family, friends and rugby teammates attended his funeral at Margam Crematorium and a celebration of his life was held at Pontrhydyfen RFC.

In his euology, which WalesOnline was given permission to share, Lee shared some of his favourite memories growing up with David and told of David's love of sport, holidays and his family and friends.

"The most important thing to David was his family and friends; and he had a lot of them! Our family grew by one more when David and Julie started looking after Shelby around seven years ago. In that time David brought Shelby up like she was his very own daughter. He loved her very much and cherished the good times they had together," Lee said.

"We had a great friendship group in our younger days and got up to lots of fun things like young children should. David you may be up there and me down here but one day we will go marching on together. I love you, sleep tight brother."

Reflecting on the fundraiser for Neath Port Talbot Mind Association, Lee said: "If we save one person, or even help one person, from this, then we have done good."

David's family had previously shared the news of his death in the South Wales Evening Post. The notice of his death, which appeared in the newspaper, read: "David Britton: RGN Nurse at H.M.P Swansea & Morriston Hospital. Sadly on Thursday, 12th October, 2023. David of Curwen Terrace, Pontrhydyfen.

"Devoted daddy of Shelby. Dearly loved son of Kendall & Sharon. Adored brother of Samantha & Lee. Dear brother-in-law of Alison and a cherished uncle of Thomas & William. A beloved grandson of Howell & Shirley and nephew of his aunties & uncles. David will be greatly missed by his loving family and many, many friends."

If you'd like to donate to the fundraiser in memory of David Britton, you can do so online here

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