Family and friends shocked by sudden death of John ‘Mo’ Corderoy at age of 83

One of Torquay’s best loved characters has died suddenly at the age of 83.

John Corderoy, better known as Mo, was a larger than life figure, best known for his involvement in local football.

Born in 1936 one of 10 siblings, he was devoted to his mother Lillian.

After a spell in the RAF in Norfolk, he returned to his home town of Torquay where he married wife Sheila, who was his partner for 62 years.

Sons David and Paul paid tribute to their father.

But even they don’t know how he came to have the nickname Mo.

Paul said: “The name stuck with him since he was in the RAF but no one knows how it happened.”

Mo worked for several years at Centrax.

But it was through football, he is both popular and best known.

As a player, he appeared for Kingsteignton and St Marychurch Spurs going on to manage Windsor United.

Paul said: “He was absolutely passionate about football.

“But he was very creative and good with DIY.

“He used to make clothes, get material and the cut patterns and make clothes for us and our mum.

“He could cut hair and turned his hand to pottery, all self taught but he was very good with his hands and went to art classes.

“He was a macho man’s man then he’d be making clothes.”

The brothers described him as an honest, honourable, much loved, ‘old school’ man and the only person whose advice they would take.

In his later years, he enjoyed spending time with his adored grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A serious accident at the age of 50 left him unable to work due to the extent of his injuries and he suffered pain for the rest of his life.

Paul said: “He spent 30 years dealing with the pain but he lived with it with dignity.”

Paul thanked the hundreds of people for their ‘wonderful’ comments on social media to the news he had died.

He said: “It’s been non stop, people making tributes.

“He’s been called a loveable legend, a character and was so well liked.”

Funeral details are being arranged