Scores of tributes have been paid to a popular Burnham-On-Sea man who has died at the age of 35.

James Griffiths died on April 30th at a hospital in London after suffering complications following a major heart operation.

James, a former pupil at Highbridge’s King Alfred School, was a familiar face in Burnham-On-Sea.

Friends and family have paid tribute to him as a caring and considerate person who had an upbeat, positive attiude to life.

His family said in a statement that he “was the best son, brother and uncle ever. He couldn’t fight anymore, we miss him.”

James suffered from Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder which affects the body’s connective tissue and leads to heart defects and lens dislocation. He worked for Weston Hair and Beauty, delivering supplies in the area.

His funeral service will be held this Friday (May 12th) at Sedgemoor Crematorium, starting at 11am.

On social media, many tributes have been posted. Lauren Day wrote: “I am beyond sad, James has always been my hero.”

Val Bradley added: “James will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure to have known him, our thoughts are with you and your family.”

Chrissie Milsom, owner of Salon FX in Weston-super-Mare, wrote: “He always had a smile when he delivered to my salon. Even when his smile was hard to give he did always give one.”

Jenni Knight wrote: “James was a special person and I feel privileged to have had him as a friend.”

Friend Stacy Sutton said: “You don’t meet many people in life like James, he showed me great kindness and support. He had many friends but he never made you feel one of many. Even in the most challenging circumstances he always approached life with humour and wit. He will always be in my thoughts and I will miss him forever.”

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