By Andy Morris Wednesday 10 July 2013 Updated: 10/07 15:52
A HEARTFELT tribute has been made by the family of David Ryding, who died following an incident near the taxi rank at the Clock Tower on Sunday morning (July 7).
Wife Nicola and daughter Mollie paid tribute to the 26 year old ex-soldier, who died after suffering a head injury.
Ryding, from Moreton-in-Wirral, Merseyside, was in the First Battalion the Mercian Regiment but retired from the service in 2011.
The tribute reads: “David Ryding was a true hero who touched the lives of all who met him. He was a fun loving character and the world will not be the same without him. In our short time together he managed to turn our lives upside down and taught me what true happiness really was.
"He wanted nothing more than to make a difference to the world we live in. He served for our country alongside many and I was so proud to call him my husband. He was always trying to better himself to provide a better life for me and our daughter.
"David was a son, father, brother, friend... a role model.
"All he ever wanted was to be surrounded by his loving friends and family and would be so proud knowing that the people he loved most came together for his final hours.
"Can I please ask that people do not speculate about what happened that night as the events from that night will become clear following the investigation.
"For the future I hope that this makes people aware of the devastating consequences of what is an everyday occurrence.
"There is small comfort knowing that others have gained a new lease of life following the organ donation. I cannot encourage people enough to sign up for organ donation, it takes just five minutes and you could save a life – David saved three! He was a true hero right to the end.
"Mollie and myself will miss David dearly, our hearts have been shattered.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank the wonderful work the team at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire gave to David during his final hours they were all truly amazing and made the process that little bit easier.
"Sweet dreams my love, we will meet again one day, my best friend, my husband... my soul mate. "
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