Torquay United lead tributes after shock death of Torquay dad Dave, 50

Messages of support and sympathy have flooded into the family of a well-known Torquay man who has died suddenly.

The local sporting world in particular has been stunned by the death of Dave Lavercombe at the weekend. He was just 50.

Torquay United were among those leading the tributes. Dave was a regular at Plainmoor where son Dan was once a professional goalkeeper.

Dave, who lived in Torquay all his life, was also a passionate Liverpool fan.

He was also well-known in local amateur sporting circles and had close links with the Apollo Sports Club where he helped form a youth football team in 2007. He was also involved in the background with Watcombe Wanderers FC.

Torquay United said in a post on their social media channels: “We are saddened to hear of the passing of Plainmoor regular Dave Lavercombe. Although a big Liverpool fan, his love for TUAFC had seen us become the main club in his life. Dave’s son Dan played 25 times for United, and our thoughts go out to him, Jack and Angie at this time. “

Sean Philpot, chairman of Apollo and a close family friend, said Dave’s family had been inundated with messages.

“He had so many friends, not just with Apollo and who I don’t know,” said Sean.

Sean also posted on Facebook: “On Sunday we all lost a great friend and we would like celebrate what an amazing man he was, when the time is right.

“Dave ‘Lavy’ boxed for Apollo as a youngster and was very proud to have started Apollo FC back in 2007 for our boys to play football. Since that day Dave and Angie have given so much time and energy to make this great club the best it could be... Hundreds of youngsters have played for Apollo and gone on to make lifelong friendships and all their parents went on to become part of the ‘Apollo Family’.”

A special ‘Lavy Day’ is being planned to remember hugely popular Dave who leaves behind wife Angie and sons Dan and Jack.