A MAN whose death sparked a murder investigation will be remembered for his “boyish charm”, his heartbroken friends said, with one recalling: “He would light up a room.”
Close mates of 45-year-old Dean Williamson were distraught after his sudden death in an alleged street attack last Tuesday (5).
Andrew Inwood and Trevor Lloyd, lifelong friends of Dean’s, said he would be very much missed.
Trevor (47), who grew up with Dean in Rawmarsh, said the pairy had enjoyed camping in the woods and rabitting when they were teenagers.
“Dean loved getting out,” he said.
“As we got older, we went down town a lot — me, Dean and Andrew — we were always together.
“Dean always used to get the best-looking girls, with his smile.”
Trevor said Dean had always dressed smartly and loved clubbing — spending many weekend nights out in Rotherham or Sheffield.
“He was a really nice person who would never hurt anybody,” he said.
“He didn’t have a bad bone in him.
“He had lots of friends and I bet they all could tell you a good story about him.”
Trevor said Dean had used to delight in travelling the country on the rave scene in the late 1990s.
He said Dean was also close to his family — mum Christine, dad Dave, sister Louise and daughter Kiera — and had enjoyed visiting his late grandad Les.
“He will be very much missed,” he said.
Andrew (45), of Rawmarsh, said he had been friends with Dean since their time together at Ryecroft Infants and Rosehill Junior School.
“We did everything together — we grew up together and learned about life together,” he said.
“Dean had a cheeky smile and would always pull the first girl on a night out with his boyish charm and good looks.
“He would light up any room.”
Andrew said Dean had enjoyed drinking in the Fighting Cocks pub in Rawmarsh with his family.
He said he had been an Arsenal fan, like his Uncle Ray, and had enjoyed watching the Gunners on TV.
Andrew said: “I’ll remember him as one of my best mates who I'm proud to have known and been a part of his life.
“I’m absolutely heartbroken.
“He didn’t deserve to die the way he did and his family are heartbroken and devastated.
“My thoughts are with them all at this sad time.”
A vigil will be held for Dean at Rosehill Park at 6.30pm next Thursday (21).
Everyone is welcome at the vigil, which is being organised by Rotherham Street Kitchen.
A postmortem found Dean died of chest injuries after being found seriously hurt in William Street, Parkgate, last Tuesday lunchtime.
Two men — Gareth Leech (28) and Kyle Martin (22) — will stand trial at Sheffield Crown Court next March 21 accused of his murder.
Leech, of Brameld Road, Swinton, and Martin, of Selwyn Street, Eastwood, appeared at court on Tuesday (12) by videolink and were remanded in custody.