A Melbourne community is mourning the loss of a fun-loving dad who died suddenly after collapsing at his Greenvale home on Saturday.
Mitch Cade Williams, 34, a “fanatical” football coach and popular teacher, leaves behind his wife and partner of 12 years Casey Williams, and their two daughters Lila, 3, and one-year-old Zoe.
A family member said he died "suddenly and without warning", leaving those close to him shocked.
The cause of his death has not yet been determined and will be investigated by the coroner, the Herald Sun reported.
Family mourn the loss of 'the most amazing man'
"Mitchy boy you really were something special and I will miss you until the end of my days," the cousin of Ms Williams wrote on Facebook.
"You will forever remain a big part of our lives, and I know you will always be there watching over your girls."
His wife Casey told the Herald Sun her husband was "the most amazing man" who "lived for his girls."
"He had a unique personality and his laugh could be heard for miles," she said, adding the thought of "navigating life without [him] just feels impossible."
On a fundraising page set up for the family, the beloved dad is remembered as a well-respected member of the community.
The 34-year-old was a school PE teacher and coordinator, a football coach who "wore many hats".
"Mitch had more friends than anyone we know which is a true testament to him and his character," it reads.
"He was not only the funniest person we know but he cared about every single one of us. He was committed, positive and an inspiration to his students and to those he worked with.
"Mitch touched so many people's lives. He will be forever missed by so many."
Sporting club remembers footy-obsessed dad
Mr Williams was football-obsessed according to friends and family and in 2006 joined the PEGS (Penleigh and Essendon Grammar) Football Club where he played until 2009.
He then returned in 2017 as a senior assistant coach helping the club win its first premiership in 20 years, the club shared on Facebook.
"Mitchy had a unique ability to fill a room with love and laughter whenever he was in it, the club wrote in a tribute online.
"To his closest mates, Mitch was never afraid to show his emotions and we could not have asked for a more caring and loyal friend."
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