Olympics fan Conrad Readman dies watching cycling at the London Games

Gazette: Celebrity spot – Conrad Readman Ppictured meeting Zachary Levi from the US TV series, Chuck, in the Olympic park Celebrity spot – Conrad Readman Ppictured meeting Zachary Levi from the US TV series, Chuck, in the Olympic park

AN Olympic fan died of a suspected heart attack after watching cycling at the velodrome.

Sports fanatic Conrad Readman, 49, of St Helena Road, Colchester, had taken two weeks off work and had tickets for every day of the Olympics.

He had already witnessed the opening ceremony and many of Team GB’s gold medal moments and was in the velodrome to watch Victoria Pendleton and the men’s team pursuit, when he was taken ill.

He was discovered, ill, in the toilets at the venue at 6.15pm.

The chartered accountant lived with and cared for, his mother Joan.

She said: “He had been looking forward to the Olympics ever since it was announced. There was never a day he was not excited about it.

“He was coming home every night so excited and telling me about everything he had done.”

On Friday, officers from the Metropolitan Police broke the tragic news to her. She said: “My neighbour came and held my hand and they told me he had a heart attack.

“He had never had a problem with his heart and had not been to a doctor in 15 years.

“He died doing something he loved so I am happy he was where he was, but I can’t watch any of it now.

“I had it on all day, but I can’t bear it now.”

Conrad lived in Hospital Road before moving to St Helena Road.

He attended Hamilton Primary School and then Colchester Royal Grammar School, before spending 30 years working in the town, many of them with Peyton Tyler Mears.

His father Dennis died 19 years ago, leaving him and his mother, whom he helped every day. She said: “He would help anybody. He loved watching a lot of sport and I am so very proud of him.”

Employer and friend Tim Peyton said: “I have worked with him since 1982 and am shocked. He was a lynchpin for us. Clients and staff liked him. He will be sorely missed.”

Conrad was also a season ticket holder for Tottenham Hotspur and watched England’s football team play around the world.

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4:33am Wed 8 Aug 12

jldusa says...

I am a retired teacher from the USA. I read the article about Conrad on MSN. The article gave a link to his Facebook page. I am so glad and hope his mother leaves it open. What a life he lived! My daughter and I have enjoyed looking at his photos, expecially of the Jubilee! He was a wonderful photographer!!! It's amazing how the life of a stranger can touch the life of someone across the world. Our sympathies to his mother. Your son seemed like a very caring person who loved and enjoyed every minute of life. Judi Dunham
I am a retired teacher from the USA. I read the article about Conrad on MSN. The article gave a link to his Facebook page. I am so glad and hope his mother leaves it open. What a life he lived! My daughter and I have enjoyed looking at his photos, expecially of the Jubilee! He was a wonderful photographer!!! It's amazing how the life of a stranger can touch the life of someone across the world. Our sympathies to his mother. Your son seemed like a very caring person who loved and enjoyed every minute of life. Judi Dunham jldusa
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12:00pm Wed 8 Aug 12

Say It As It Is OK? says...

What a great comment from jidusa. Can only echo your sentiments and I took the opportunity a look at all the fabulous pictures Conrad took during his trips to the Olympics, he clearly was enjoying himself, they are truly wonderful.

Rest in peace Conrad.
What a great comment from jidusa. Can only echo your sentiments and I took the opportunity a look at all the fabulous pictures Conrad took during his trips to the Olympics, he clearly was enjoying himself, they are truly wonderful. Rest in peace Conrad. Say It As It Is OK?
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10:07am Thu 9 Aug 12

dud5ers says...

Very sad to hear about Conrad. I have happy memories of pub quizzes with him a few years ago. A very likeable man.
Very sad to hear about Conrad. I have happy memories of pub quizzes with him a few years ago. A very likeable man. dud5ers
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1:40pm Thu 9 Aug 12

Ozzie says...

I was fortunate enough to have known Conrad. He was an auditor for a firm of local accountants at a local motor organisation in Colchester when I took my first steps into accounting. He used to come along as part of the auditing team working along with Tim and Martin. He was a quiet man, but very likeable and helpful. I am talking about 30 years ago. I eventually qualified as an accountant and moved elsewhere and our paths never crossed again. I was very sad to hear of the news. My thoughts are with Conrad's mother at this difficult time.
I was fortunate enough to have known Conrad. He was an auditor for a firm of local accountants at a local motor organisation in Colchester when I took my first steps into accounting. He used to come along as part of the auditing team working along with Tim and Martin. He was a quiet man, but very likeable and helpful. I am talking about 30 years ago. I eventually qualified as an accountant and moved elsewhere and our paths never crossed again. I was very sad to hear of the news. My thoughts are with Conrad's mother at this difficult time. Ozzie
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