Tributes paid to Caterham father who died suddenly at Lord's

Phil Standing with his wife Kate and boys Ben and Oliver

Phil Standing with his wife Kate and boys Ben and Oliver

First published in News Croydon Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy editor

A young father of two has died suddenly at Lord's Cricket Ground.

Friends and family attended a funeral service for Phil Standing at Croydon Minster on Friday July 13 after the 30-year-old collapsed at a corporate event at the home of cricket on June 28.

A post-mortem examination found no obvious cause of death.

Mr Standing lived with his wife Kate and twin 20-month-old boys Ben and Oliver in Caterham, after moving from the Hampshire area in 2007.

A talented sportsman who represented Hampshire at schoolboy football level, Mr Standing studied Maths at Warwick University, where he met his future wife.

His mum Sue, a retired physiotherapist, who lives in North Baddesley, said: “Phil was always popular at school. And in spite of his success, he was always modest and unassuming.”

Mr Standing studied to be an accountant following university and landed a job at Ernest & Young.

Lee Watson, a partner at Ernst & Young, said: “Phil always inspired me with his commitment, quality and integrity. He was quick to laugh and made friends easily.

“Phil was a great guy, one of life’s true gents and a genuinely nice person to spend time with, he will be dearly missed.”

His older sister Ruth, who now lives with her husband and son in Australia, said: “Phil was not only my dear brother but good friend, staunch supporter and a huge part of my life.”

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