THE Lyme Regis and Axminster communities have been left shocked by the sudden death of popular former footballer Adam Bounds, aged 41.
Adam grew up in Axminster and was educated at the Woodroffe School in Lyme Regis but lived in Bristol where he worked.
As a youngster Adam played football for Axminster Town and Uplyme FC.
He is the son of Les Bounds, a former chairman at Axminster Town and now a trustee at the Tiger Way complex.
Adam is also survived by a brother and a young son, Owen.
Adam’s father said the family had been overwhelmed by hundreds of messages with many more on social media, and he thanked all those for their kindness.
Adam was extremely popular in social circles in Axminster and in Lyme Regis, where he had a large circle of friends, and many have paid tribute to his zest for life on social media.
In particular, he enjoyed returning to Lyme Regis for summer events such as Lifeboat Week.
It is believed he died from a brain haemorrhage but a post mortem was required because he recently had a COVID-19 jab.
Adam’s funeral service will be held at the Minster Church in Axminster at 11am on Friday, June 18. Social distancing regulations will be observed in church but arrangements will be made for mourners to stand outside.
Following the service, cremation will be held for family members at the East Devon Crematorium at Whimple with family flowers only.
Donations will go to the RNLI in Lyme Regis as Lifeboat Week was one of Adam’s favourite events.
His father commented: “Adam loved that week catching up with his school friends and the many friends he had in Lyme, Axminster and surrounding area.”
Those who wish to pay their last respects to Adam are invited to the wake at Axminster Town Football Club where COVID restrictions will also be strictly observed.