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Tributes paid to super fit gym instructor who died aged 38
5:20am Thursday 3rd October 2013 in News
HE was a super-fit gym instructor who dedicated his life to inspiring others to get in shape.
Described as “the life and soul of the party”, he was loved by all who knew him, including his hundreds of clients who turned to the 38-year-old for help to get fit.
Today tributes have been paid to popular dad-of-two Henry Nkwanyana after his sudden death.
They were led by his fiancée Amy, who just months ago gave birth to their baby son Hugo.
Speaking at their New Milton home, the 31-year-old, who changed her surname to Nkwanyana this week, said: “We used to have such a good banter between us and we would mess around and bounce off each other.
“And he was good looking as well, so it was the icing on the cake!
“I think everyone learnt something from Henry, he was a real character. He loved entertaining people and making people laugh.
“He was the sort of person that would make the party and he was just such a nice guy, a cheeky chappie and with such a good sense of humour.
“Henry completely loved Hugo to bits. He was in tears when he was born. He was absolutely over the moon.
“I feel sad for Hugo not having his dad because I think they would have got on and had a really good laugh when he got bigger.”
Henry, who was also a dad to seven-year-old Isaac, was a popular fitness coach who was born in South Africa and arrived in London in 1997 with just £600 to his name.
But after working in gyms for a few years he moved to New Milton to start his own.
Henry first opened his Physicall Fitness gym in the garage of his Osborne Road home but thebusiness quickly grew and he moved to bigger premises twice, eventually moving to its current location in the Stem Lane industrial estate.
Amy said: “It was his life’s dream to have a gym. He was extremely motivated and so inspiring to people. He just lived and breathed his work and he was a real people person as well. He built such a good relationship with his clients so that they were more like friends.”
Friends and family are planning to say their goodbyes to Henry at a colourful celebration of his life at Woodlands Burials in Wyndham Road, Walkford, at 10am on Monday.
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