Further tributes have been paid to postman, John Bircham, who died while completing his rounds in and around Dulverton on Saturday in thick snow. It is understood the 57-year-old was towed out of a snowdrift before collapsing.
School friend, John Atkins, secretary and treasurer at Dulverton Town Football Club where Mr Bircham was a prolific striker during the 1970s, described the postman as a keen sportsman and a credit to his community:
As a footballer, John was as tough as nails - players used to bounce off him. But he was very gentle. There was never any nastiness in his play. If someone tried to tackle him, he'd just laugh. He was a very skilful player._
Mr Atkins said the club would plan its own tribute to Mr Bircham, whose sons, Wayne and Jamie, both followed their father in playing for the local team. Others also paid tribute.
He was as hard-working a person as you'll ever meet, very dedicated to his collections and to the people of this town. He was a very quiet man, and the customers loved him. He was very considerate towards them, always helping them out. He will be missed._
He did a lot for the people of this town and the surrounding area. John really did go to great lengths for people, not just with his deliveries," he said. "He was a real family man._
More top news
Bristol's going baa-rmy for Shaun the Sheep - and you're sending us the pictures to prove it! Here are your snaps from Shaun in the City.
Bristol's goes baa-rmy as this summer's Shaun in the City trail kicks off. Plan your quest to find all 70 Shauns with this taster guide.
We've been getting acquainted with the Shaun the Sheep sculptures heading out on location for this summer's trail across Bristol