‘Much-loved’ lifeguard dies

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Tributes have been paid to a “much-loved” Knottingley lifeguard who has died at the age of 28 after a year-long battle with a brain tumour.

Hasan Emir, who worked at Knottingley and Pontefract swimming pools for eight years, died on Thursday, July 10.

The former St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School pupil had lived in Knottingley since moving from London at the age of five.

His sister Gemma, 30, said: “Hasan was very well known in the town and was loved by everybody.

“He met a lot people and made a lot of friends with people in Knottingley and Pontefract because of his work.

“He would do anything for anybody and nobody ever had a bad word to say about him.”

Mr Emir, who also went to St Botolph’s Church of England Primary School in Knottingley, was diagnosed with cancer last June.

He was treated at St James’ University Hospital in Leeds and died at his home, on Poplar Grove.

Miss Emir added: “We knew that it was terminal cancer but we didn’t expect it to happen so soon.

“We wanted him to spend his final days at home with his family and he died peacefully in his sleep.

“We had raised money for him to go to Disneyland when we knew it was terminal but he got too ill and wasn’t able to go.

“Although life goes on, it just won’t be the same without him.

“Hasan will leave huge gap in many people’s lives and will be very sadly missed.”

Mr Emir leaves behind his mum, Christine, dad, Fevzi, brothers Kemil and Nadir, and sisters, Karli and Gemma.

His funeral will take place in the chapel at Jenning’s Funeral Directors, on Racca Green, Knottingley on Friday, July 25 .

The public are welcome to attend the service, which begins at noon.