Partner's touching tribute to Hull businessman who died suddenly aged 51

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 9 Jan 2018

Tributes have been paid to a “funny and gentle” businessman who tragically died following an aneurysm on New Year's Day.

Tim Evison, 51, from Beverley, was widely known in the Hull business community and has been described as “a gentleman who would do anything for anyone”.

He was a senior figure at Hull tech firm Eon Visual Media, and died on Tuesday, January 2 after suffering an aneurysm shortly after 7am on New Year's Day.

His partner, Ruth Hodge, said he had been feeling unwell and had been told he might have been suffering from a virus when he saw his GP before Christmas.

She said: “Tim was an enigma. A kind, gentle and selfless man with a terrific sense of humour. He dreamed of retiring to the Lake District and buying a camper van to tour Europe.

“I am greatly saddened his dream of living in the Lake District and climbing mountains will not be realised. I thank God for the time that Tim and I had.

“Our world’s collided together for a short interlude and I am proud and honoured to have known and loved Tim. I will miss him dearly.

“He was very calm and very gentle. A lot of people have described him as a gentleman and think that’s the perfect word. He would do anything for anyone.”

Tim Evison, with friend Jan Brumby, at the Mail's Business Awards 2017

She said the pair had planned to go out in Beverley on New Year's Eve but decided to have a night in as Tim was feeling unwell.

“We watched various things on TV but then at 10.30pm he went up to bed saying he felt really tired. At 7.30am he woke me up making strange noises, almost from his chest, and he was clearly having difficulty breathing.

“I tried to wake him but it was useless. I couldn’t get him to come around. The 999 responders were amazing and talked me through the whole thing, and the ambulance team were exceptional too.

“We were in the ambulance. I saw a Hull City of Culture sign saying What Next? It was New Year and it should have been a beginning for me and Tim.

“But he was rushed into hospital and they said he had blood on the brain. They said very few people survive past the initial aneurysm, but even if he did survive it, he wouldn’t be the same. It was at 1.45pm on January 2 that he was pronounced dead.

“The staff at the ICU, everyone at the hospital was absolutely incredible. The treatment was amazing and I am still so thankful.”

Matt Dass worked alongside Tim for at Eon Visual Media in the city, where the 51-year-old became recognised and admired by people across the Hull business community.

He said: “Tim and I had been working together for 16 years. I am so used to spending seven or eight hours every day sat across from him, so for him not to be hear now is devastating.

Tim Evison at Eon's office on Thomas Street

“From a work point of view he has been instrumental to Eon’s successes, and really helped us drive the company forward.

“But he was also the easiest person to speak to. He could speak to anyone on any subject and everyone who chatted to him would find that common ground.

“He was a really humorous, very witty person too, who could make a joke out of most things. He had a very bright and optimistic outlook on life. We will all miss that.”

Tim’s funeral will take place in Harrogate, but Ruth is arranging a remembrance service in the area with Eon and hope that all his friends in the region will be able to attend. Funds will be raised for the ICU at Hull Royal and details will be announced by Eon in the coming days.

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