Family and friends devastated by sudden death of Allan Roushas-Lee

Bournemouth Echo: Dad dies of asthma aged 34 Dad dies of asthma aged 34

THE family and friends of a popular young father have been left devastated by his sudden death at the age of 34.

Lifelong asthmatic Allan Roushas-Lee was a support worker to boys with Asperger’s syndrome at Southlands School near Lymington.

He collapsed at his home in Bournemouth, on Saturday October 27, after returning from a shift helping out at Skirmish paintballing centre near Bere Regis.

His widow Charlotte, said: “He had been suffering with his asthma a few days before.

“He phoned at about 3pm to say he was having to sit in the car for a while because his asthma had got bad. He got home about 6pm and seemed fine.”

Charlotte, 32, was in the bath with the couple’s 19-month-old daughter Evangeline when Allan went into the bedroom to start his nebuliser, a machine that delivers a fine mist of inhaled medication.

“I heard it go on but a few seconds later, he was shouting at me to call an ambulance.

“I jumped out of the bath and grabbed the phone. He was struggling to breathe. His lips had gone blue,” she said.

An ambulance service operator advised her what to do. “I told him ‘Don’t worry, they’re on the way’. He said: ‘Charlotte, I’m dying’.

“He ran out of breath and passed out in the hallway in front of me. They took him off but I knew it was too late.”

The couple had been together for 16 years after meeting at Tower Park in Poole when Allan was working at Megabowl.

They bought their home in Southbourne 10 years ago and married at Highcliffe Castle in 2008, with a reception at Compton Acres.

“He was so happy he punched the air when they were pronounced man and wife,” recalled his mother Angela, of Creekmoor.

The couple sadly lost their first child at 20 weeks.

“All he wanted in life was to have children. When Evangeline came along he was absolutely besotted with her,” said Charlotte.

Despite his bouts of serious illness, Allan did not let his asthma hold him back.

He attended Hillbourne First and Middle Schools, then Henry Harbin (now Poole High) with his identical twin brother Clinton.

The pair were inseparable and inevitably earned the nickname of the Terrible Twins.

They won many judo and grasstrack racing trophies and played rugby.

Later Allan marshalled at Skirmish and introduced younger brother Matthew to the sport.

He spent several years working as a paint sprayer, but had to give up following an accident at work.

 

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8:52am Thu 8 Nov 12

hammer says...

Very sad news. A decent young man with his whole life ahead of him. I have had asthma since birth and am also a twin. RIP Alan - god only seems to take the good ones!
Very sad news. A decent young man with his whole life ahead of him. I have had asthma since birth and am also a twin. RIP Alan - god only seems to take the good ones! hammer
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9:17am Thu 8 Nov 12

rudolph_hucker says...

What a sad loss, really tragic.
What a sad loss, really tragic. rudolph_hucker
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9:37am Thu 8 Nov 12

The Renegade Master says...

This is such a sad story. A young man passing in his prime with a young family is a terrible thing.

I developed mild asthma in my thirties but last year I had a serious attack and needed urgent medical treatment. Thankfully this has worked for me and it's under control now, but I honestly thought I'd had it at one point. Fighting for breath is an awful experience I wouldn't wish on anyone.
This is such a sad story. A young man passing in his prime with a young family is a terrible thing. I developed mild asthma in my thirties but last year I had a serious attack and needed urgent medical treatment. Thankfully this has worked for me and it's under control now, but I honestly thought I'd had it at one point. Fighting for breath is an awful experience I wouldn't wish on anyone. The Renegade Master
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10:43am Thu 8 Nov 12

janine1978 says...

Such a shame! Hearts go out to Allan's family. I went to school with both Allan and Clinton and always remember them as cheeky, friendly chappies. Sorry to here of this sad news.
Such a shame! Hearts go out to Allan's family. I went to school with both Allan and Clinton and always remember them as cheeky, friendly chappies. Sorry to here of this sad news. janine1978
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10:58am Thu 8 Nov 12

TRandle1981 says...

I hadnt seen Allan for a while, i first met him about 12 years ago through work. My thoughts are with his family and friends. I was shocked when i heard. He was always smiling, always happy. RIP Allan.
I hadnt seen Allan for a while, i first met him about 12 years ago through work. My thoughts are with his family and friends. I was shocked when i heard. He was always smiling, always happy. RIP Allan. TRandle1981
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11:54am Thu 8 Nov 12

afcb36 says...

RIP allan havent seen you and clinton for years such a shock my thoughts are with your family at this very sad time
RIP allan havent seen you and clinton for years such a shock my thoughts are with your family at this very sad time afcb36
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12:21pm Thu 8 Nov 12

miketheplumb says...

RIP Allan, from a friend
RIP Allan, from a friend miketheplumb
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3:46pm Thu 8 Nov 12

CourtneyjxXx says...

R.I.P uncle Allan miss you millions angel love you!
R.I.P uncle Allan miss you millions angel love you! CourtneyjxXx
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3:46pm Thu 8 Nov 12

CourtneyjxXx says...

R.I.P uncle Allan miss you millions angel love you!
R.I.P uncle Allan miss you millions angel love you! CourtneyjxXx
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3:46pm Thu 8 Nov 12

CourtneyjxXx says...

R.I.P uncle Allan miss you millions angel love you!
R.I.P uncle Allan miss you millions angel love you! CourtneyjxXx
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4:38pm Thu 8 Nov 12

carpentones says...

This is tragic, so sorry Ange my thoughts are with you and your family, I know we haven't seen each other for many years but you were good to me and there when I needed help, God Bless, from Jenny (used to live next door)X
This is tragic, so sorry Ange my thoughts are with you and your family, I know we haven't seen each other for many years but you were good to me and there when I needed help, God Bless, from Jenny (used to live next door)X carpentones
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5:37pm Thu 8 Nov 12

lisapalmer says...

remember allan from many years ago on kids ward always such a pleasure to nurse not surprised he turned into a lovely young man. RIP tragic loss to his family and friends :-( x
remember allan from many years ago on kids ward always such a pleasure to nurse not surprised he turned into a lovely young man. RIP tragic loss to his family and friends :-( x lisapalmer
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6:21pm Thu 8 Nov 12

puglove says...

How terrible my heart goes out to his wife, daughter, friends and family, how very sad :( xx
How terrible my heart goes out to his wife, daughter, friends and family, how very sad :( xx puglove
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7:47pm Thu 8 Nov 12

sonia t says...

having know allan since he was a babe in arms,being his neighbour for many years,i am so deeply saddened that such a beautiful young life was cut so short,you may be gone allan,but you will never ever be forgotten,RIP, sincere and heartfelt wishes to all his family,always in my thoughts..love sonia.****
having know allan since he was a babe in arms,being his neighbour for many years,i am so deeply saddened that such a beautiful young life was cut so short,you may be gone allan,but you will never ever be forgotten,RIP, sincere and heartfelt wishes to all his family,always in my thoughts..love sonia.**** sonia t
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9:17pm Thu 8 Nov 12

portia6 says...

What a brave and wonderful young
man our thoughts are with your family
at this time, especially Angela.
What a brave and wonderful young man our thoughts are with your family at this time, especially Angela. portia6
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11:07am Fri 9 Nov 12

Dawn _ Riddell says...

I was so shocked to read this terrible news! I used to live opposite Allan & his family in Creekmoor & was friends with them all. My daughter Kerry went to school with the twins! Lovely boys! My heart goes out to Angie, Clinton, Matthew & of course Allan's wife & baby, R.I.P
Love from Dawn
I was so shocked to read this terrible news! I used to live opposite Allan & his family in Creekmoor & was friends with them all. My daughter Kerry went to school with the twins! Lovely boys! My heart goes out to Angie, Clinton, Matthew & of course Allan's wife & baby, R.I.P Love from Dawn Dawn _ Riddell
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2:34pm Fri 9 Nov 12

gracie123 says...

My sincere sympathy for the whole family. I hope this will make people realize that Asthma is a serious illness if not kept under control with appropriate check ups and medication.
My sincere sympathy for the whole family. I hope this will make people realize that Asthma is a serious illness if not kept under control with appropriate check ups and medication. gracie123
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