Tributes paid to former Army gun fitter who took his own life – Nottinghamshire Live

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A loving wife has paid tribute to her husband who "was always trying to help someone".

Shaun Burke, who was 42, and from Mansfield, sadly took his own life in June.

He was an animal lover, avid reader and somebody who spared time to talk with homeless people in Mansfield.

A former gun fitter in the Army, Shaun leaves behind his wife Nicola Burke and two sons, Elliot, 12, and Alex, 10.

In a loving tribute to her husband, Nicola has said that Shaun was not someone who could be easily forgotten.

She said: "Before he lost all interest in life, Shaun used to love training with his kettlebells and he loved playing the piano which he shared with our sons.

"Shaun also read a lot, he must have read at least ten lifetimes' worth of fiction and non fiction books, in particular philosophy, personality, and anything to improve yourself and your life.

"Shaun also had an affinity with animals, in particular dogs. He rescued a little dog he named Tilly from a neglectful home who then became a much loved family pet.

"I have many favourite memories of Shaun, he was always trying to help someone.

"Most people knew him because he talked so much and could solve problems. Shaun wasn't someone easily forgotten.

"He was extremely kind and intelligent and just wanted to solve problems wherever he went.

"Shaun has been known to talk frequently with homeless people around Mansfield, he found a cat that had sadly been ran over and died but because it had an address on the collar he wanted to return the cat to the owner - I remember this very well as the lady was so grateful she sent him a thank you card and flowers."

An intelligent man, Shaun was able to be a figure of calm and knowledge when his first born son, Elliot, became very sick and was diagnosed with pyloric stenosis.

"Because of Shaun's expert knowledge and insistence he saved our son, Elliot, when he was about 4 or 5 weeks old.

"Elliot had pyloric stenosis, which meant anything that entered his stomach could not pass the muscle into his intestines, which meant he was literally starving to death.

"He was sick and jaundiced and close to dying by the time my husband got him seen in A&E.

"The doctors thought Shaun was a doctor because he knew so much about pyloric stenosis which helped get Elliot diagnosed so quickly. He stayed awake for the next 48-72 hours, with no food, until Elliot had been safely operated on and made sure our baby got the best after care. He was amazing and I couldn't thank him enough."

Nicola says that after his time serving in the Army, Shaun struggled to fit in and find a job that was right for him.

She also hopes that sharing her memories of Shaun can hopefully help others out there that are struggling with mental health issues and thoughts of suicide.

"Shaun was in the army for about 4 and a half years in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers as a gunfitter but after he left he struggled to fit in anywhere.

"He tried various jobs such as training to be a manager at McDonald's, agency work, working in care homes but hated the way people were treated in these places and soon left as he tried to make it better but could not.

"My husband was the heart and soul of our family and we relied on him for nearly everything. Shaun's pain has ended but ours has only just begun.

"I think it is vital people are made aware of suicide, as since my husband took his own life I have been horrified by just how many people, especially men, end their lives.

"It's awful knowing that so many people feel so hopeless that the only option for them is suicide. I wouldn't wish this loss on anybody and hope more suicides can be prevented by getting people the help they truly need."

A Go Fund Me page has been set up by Nicola for anybody who would like to support her grieving family. Click here to donate.

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