TRIBUTES have been paid after the death of a meat and poultry delivery driver who became popularly known as the ‘Chicken Man’.
Christopher Wright, from Heol Y Plas, Cefn Mawr, died at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, aged 47, after a lengthy illness.
He was a type two diabetic, who struggled to recover from the effects of an incident of hypoglycaemia (an acute fall in blood sugar) two years earlier.
He leaves behind wife Tracey and daughters Becca, 11, Alice, nine, and Hannah, six.
He was affectionately known as the ‘Chicken Man’ as he worked as a delivery driver for Bicks Chicks – a meat and poultry wholesaler and retailer on Wrexham Industrial Estate – for more than 20 years.
Paying tribute to her husband, who died on April 10, wife Tracey, said: “Although he had been ill for a long time, I never expected him to go and it was a massive shock when the hospital told me there was nothing more that could be done. I still expect him to walk through the door now.
“He was diabetic and had a ‘sugar hypo’ which caused brain damage, and gave him a chest infection which turned to pneumonia, but he wasn’t strong enough to fight it off.
“He lost four stone and just couldn’t put the weight back on.”
Mrs Wright added: “We were married for 16 years and together for 20.
“We got married the day after his 31st birthday so he never had an excuse for forgetting the anniversary.
“We met at a pub called the Newbridge Arms where he was making fun of my mum, calling her grandma when she was heavily pregnant with my sister.
“That’s the kind of man he was, a practical joker, always taking the mickey. When I was pregnant and people used to ring up, he pretended I was going into labour there and then when I was sat right there next to him.
“He was a good bloke and would do anything for anyone.”
Reflecting on her husband’s work, Mrs Wright said: “The only downside was we could never have turkey at Christmas because he was sick of the sight of them by then,” she added.
Chris Bickley, a director at Bicks Chicks, also paid tribute.
He said: “He was a valued long-term employee, who was always hard working and very loyal.
“We can’t say enough about him, he will really be missed.”
Mrs Wright added: “I would like to praise the staff at the Maelor because they looked after him so well, and I will miss him so much.”