The heartbroken family of an ambulance trust worker who was killed after he was hit by a van outside a pub said he was a “dedicated father and a whole-hearted community man”.
Sheldon Flanighan, 55, died as a result of the injuries he sustained outside the Bay Horse pub in Cramlington, Northumberland, on Saturday evening.
Three people have appeared in court charged with his murder.
Mr Flanighan worked for the North East Ambulance Service and his family paid tribute to the father of two sons.
The family said: “Sheldon came with a character larger than life, a smile and laughter that lit up the room, and a heart that saw the good in everyone.
“This personality endeared Sheldon to our family, his ambulance service colleagues, the golfing community, and his life-long friends from Northumberland and the wider North East.
“His devotion to his sons, his close family and life-long friends, together with his total commitment and duty to the North East Ambulance service, strongly reflects the dedicated father and whole-hearted community man that Sheldon was.
“For those who knew Sheldon, it feels impossible to imagine life without him.
“We are all united in mourning.
“Sheldon touched the lives of many, once met, never forgotten and we are richer for knowing him.
“His legacy will live on through us all.”
They are due back before Newcastle Crown Court next month.