Tributes have been paid to Lloyd Calcutt, a beloved Oxford United fan and ‘extraordinary person’.

Mr Calcutt, who lived in Witney, died aged 38 in the early hours of Tuesday morning after battling with Covid-19.

The Witney local will be remembered as ‘a son, a brother, an uncle, a stepson, a fellow football fan and a friend to so many people’.

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A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Mr Calcutt’s family with funeral costs and a memorial of their choosing.

At time of writing the page has raised more than £17,800.

Mr Calcutt’s sister, Bethany Calcutt-Snow paid tribute to her brother on Facebook.

She said: “I am still in complete shock, I’m absolutely heartbroken, and I can’t describe the pain that I am currently feeling.

“Not only was he my big brother but he was the best uncle to Marnie, she absolutely idolised him and he thought the world of her.

Herald Series: Lloyd Calcutt with his younger sister Bethany Calcutt-SnowLloyd Calcutt with his younger sister Bethany Calcutt-Snow

Lloyd and his sister Bethany

“I’ve got so many memories of us that I will cherish forever. If love could’ve kept him alive, he would have lived forever, he was known and loved by so so many people.”

Verity Shayler, who organised the donation page, wrote: “His presence brought happiness to any room, the life and soul of any party.

“We’re lucky to have known him, privileged in fact, and many hearts have truly broken, now that he is no longer with us.”

Herald Series: Lloyd Calcutt with his niece Marnie, who idolised himLloyd Calcutt with his niece Marnie, who idolised him

Lloyd with his niece Marnie who 'idolised him'

A tribute was also made by the football club’s official supporters group, The Yellow Army.

The Yellow Army’s statement said: “Rest in peace Lloyd Calcutt. A familiar face amongst our fanbase. He will be greatly missed.

“Our thoughts go out to Bethany and all of Lloyd’s family and friends.”

The hashtag RIP Lloyd was also trending in the UK on Twitter shortly after The Yellow Army tweeted its statement.

The football fan not only supported Oxford United Football Club, but also North Leigh Football Club.

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A spokesperson for North Leigh FC said on the club’s Facebook page: “On behalf of all at North Leigh FC; we send our deepest and most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Lloyd Calcutt.

“A gentleman & proper football fan, who followed both Oxford United and North Leigh FC home and away; he will be greatly missed.”

Mr Calcutt worked at Rexel Witney, a wholesale electrical distributor.

The company said: “We are still trying to find the words for the loss of Lloyd Calcutt.

“He was a massive part of our family here at Rexel Witney not only as a colleague but as a friend, we are all deeply saddened by his passing. RIP Big Lloyd.”

Mr Calcutt was also known for supporting other local sports teams, including Witney Mills Cricket Club.

Michael Dove from the cricket club said: “He was regularly seen supporting local teams when he wasn’t watching his beloved Oxford Utd . He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.”

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Tom E Catt

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loved and respected by so many. So sad. SMHS x

Patrick duignan

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Fantastic bloke , very funny and proud to call him a friend , will be sorely missed at oxford United and around Witney , the angel pub won’t ever be the same