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UPDATE: Family pay tribute to Dave Savage found dead near Greenwich Sainsbury's
THE family of a man found dead near a Greenwich Sainsbury’s store have paid tribute to a “good man” who was “down on his luck”.
Dave Savage, 37, was discovered by police on the kerb near the Greenwich High Road branch of Sainsbury’s Local on October 22.
The father-of-one was a carpenter from Well Hall Road, Eltham, but had recently been living in Greenwich with a friend.
The cause of his death is not yet known but police are not treating it as suspicious.
Speaking of his uncle, nephew Nick Savage said: “He was the life and soul of the party. He was the first person to make everyone smile.
“He put everyone else before himself.
“He was a hard worker and in recent years he had been down on his luck.
“He enjoyed a drink but he worked hard.
“People might have seen him down there, but I want people to know he was a good man.
“He was going through a bad patch. We don’t want people to think he was a nobody.
“He had a big loving family.”
He says he used to work as a plumber with his uncle – who leaves behind his parents, three brothers, four sisters and a two-year-old daughter.
The 28-year-old said: “We used to work together as a team. He was always a hard worker.
“A lot of who I am is because of my uncle. We look alike and people say we have the same aura.”
Nick’s mother, Rhonda Savage, added: “He will be very sadly missed by a lot of people.
“He has just left some very sad people behind.”
Police were called at 10.20am to reports of a man unconscious on a kerb, but Mr Savage was pronounced dead at the scene.
A spokeswoman for Greenwich police said: "Detectives from Greenwich are investigating, but at this stage, the death is believed to be non-suspicious."
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