Devastated wife’s tribute to electrocuted Preston builder

TRAGIC Phil Worden and his wife Jayne.

TRAGIC Phil Worden and his wife Jayne.

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  • Wife of popular Preston builder who was electrocuted at work pays tribute to him
  • Phil Worden had been working on a complete re-fit of a house in Grange Road
  • He died tragically while fitting an outside tap
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The devastated wife of a builder who was electrocuted at work has paid tribute to her ‘soul mate’.

Popular Phil Worden, 49, of Howarth Road, Ashton, died tragically on Sunday, April 25.

Phil Worden, wife Jayne and daughters Rebecca and Amber

Phil Worden, wife Jayne and daughters Rebecca and Amber

He had been working on the complete re-fit of a house a few streets away and was fitting an outside tap when he was electrocuted.

Today his wife of 12 years Jayne, 46, said her husband was “amazing.”

“He was our rock,” she said “He always made everything right. We used to call him ‘fix it Phil’.

“Nothing was too much, he was there for anybody and he would help them as much as he could.

I cradled him and got his hands off the tap. He had banged his head, he had a bad cut on his head. I was just in shock.

Jayne Worden

“He was a family man and well loved. He was a true man.

“I’m glad I was his wife.

“My love grew and grew and grew for him. I used to tell him it scared me how much I loved him and I wouldn’t know what to do if we were apart.

“He made everything right. No one else mattered, all that mattered was we had each other.”

Father-of-two Phil, who was known to many as ‘Docker’, was a huge Northern Soul lover and was heavily involved with the Preston Soul Crew.

He ran his own business PLW Brickwork and Builders and had been working on the property in Grange Road for a number of months.

Work was nearing at an end when the tragedy unfolded.

Jayne was with Phil at the house when he had told her he suffered a shock while fitting an outside tap.

He had carried on working but moments later cried out to Jayne in pain.

She recalled: “He screamed like he was hurt, he shouted my name, I went out to him, I found him still holding the tap.

“I cradled him and got his hands off the tap. He had banged his head, he had a bad cut on his head. I was just in shock. I didn’t have my mobile with me.

“He had his mobile but it was locked and I couldn’t get in to it.”

A neighbour from across the road called an ambulance for Phil and another man came to Phil’s aid giving him CPR.

Phil was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital but later died.

The former Deepdale Primary School and Parklands High School pupil took huge pride in his work and had worked hard to create a good name for him self, Jayne said.

The pair got together in 1993 but had known one another for years before marrying in 2003.

After Sunday’s tragedy daughter Rebecca, 25, flew home from Australia to be with her mum and sister Amber, 27.

Amber, who has a nine year-old son Spencer and is expecting her second child said: “He was our rock. He was a great grandad.”

Rebecca added: “He told it how it was, I loved that about him.”

Jayne and the family have been overwhelmed by the tributes paid to Phil, with hundreds posting on social media.

She said: “I knew he had lots and lots of friends but I didn’t realise how many until now.”

Phil, who had five sisters, was due to celebrate his 50th birthday later this month.

Sister Christel Worden, 44, said: “He was the best. When we were growing up he was always up to mischief.

“He was a good brother, he always looked out for me and stuck up for me.

“Life is going to be so quiet without him.”