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By Carl Jackson 23/08 Updated: 23/08 22:35
THE FAMILY of a popular Bromsgrove man have paid tribute to him after he was found dead in the town's Old Cemetery.
Dad-of-two Andrew Carter, 45, who was affectionately known as 'Yampi', was found in the graveyard on Church Lane early on Monday morning (August 20).
His brother David who was very close to him said 'everyone knew him' and he would be well missed throughout the town. He added he and his family were 'devastated' and couldn't believe the news but said Andrew would be remembered for his love for his children and his passion for football and being a massive Manchester United fan.
David said: "He'd been going up to see them since he was 14, week in, week out, home, away and abroad, everywhere.
"He's been all over.
"He lived and breathed them."
Andrew, who was born and bred in Bromsgrove and last lived in Grafton Crescent, Charford, had not been himself for months, his brother told The Standard.
David added health problems which started two years ago meant he had to be on constant medication and he was unable to do his job as a building labourer.
But, he said, Andrew, who had two children, battled on and started working at the Queen's Head pub on The Strand.
"We all knew he was going through a bad time, but he's not the type to come out and talk about it.
"He's always kept his cards close to his chest.
"We never expected this.
"You just don't think about something like this.
"We're all devastated."
David said the tree where Andrew was found was said to be his 'thinking tree' where he went to get away from things.
The spot, just over the road from where his grandad is buried, has already been adorned by flowers and a Manchester United scarf by those who knew him.
Funeral arrangements have been made for next month, however it is hoped some sort of memorial will take place at the Marlbrook pub in Catshill which was considered 'his pub'.
Andrew is survived by his son, 24, daughter, 16, two step-children, two brothers, his sister and his parents.
David added: "I will remember the good times which there were many and the holidays we spent together.
"Rest in peace Yampi."
An inquest into Andrew's death was opened on Tuesday (August 21) and adjourned, awaiting reports.
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