TRIBUTES have been paid to a ‘loving, family man’ who suffered a fatal head injury in the street.

Patrick Goodman, 44, died in hospital after sustaining a head injury in Turton Street, Weymouth, on Sunday evening.

His grieving wife Joanne said the family are in shock after he went out earlier that day and never came back.

She said: “He had a big family and unbelievable friends. He’s going to be very, very missed.

“Losing him like this is hard for us because it was so sudden – he just went out for a couple of beers and didn’t come home.

“It was such a shock. You just don’t expect something like that to happen.”

Mrs Goodman described him as ‘really hardworking and a loving, family man’ and said he will be greatly missed everyone who knew him.

Mr Goodman leaves behind his two children, Amy, 11, and Spencer, seven, and two stepdaughters, Heidi, 20, and Danielle, 23, who he had raised from a young age.

Mrs Goodman said: “He was a lovely man and a great dad, he worked really hard to make sure his kids could have everything.

“We’re all really going to miss him, he was such a brilliant father and a good husband.

“He has four lovely children who are going to miss him so much, they all adored him.”

She added: “He was really into his football. Amy plays for Southside Angels, a local girls’ team, and he took her to every training session and every football game. They’re both big fans.”

Mr Goodman, a painter and decorator, lived with his family in Somerset Road and was well-known around Weymouth. Residents spoke of their shock at his death.

Borough councillor for Melcombe Regis Ray Banham said he was saddened to hear the news.

He said: “Obviously we don’t know what happened but my condolences go out to the family and it’s a very sad time for them.

“I really do feel for them at this tragic time. Whatever the facts are, it’s still really sad for those who knew him.”

Police officers investigating the incident said they are keen to establish the full circumstances.

Detectives said a man was seen to fall over in the street at around 8pm on Sunday.

A man, aged 25, was arrested in connection with the incident and has since been released on police bail until October.

Police appeal for information after fatality

POLICE probing the death of Patrick Goodman have appealed to the community for information.

A Dorset Police spokesman said investigators are keen to establish the full circumstance of the incident.

He said: “The incident occurred on Turton Street, near to the Duke of Albany public house at around 8pm on Sunday, September 2.

“The victim, a 44-year-old man from Weymouth, was seen to fall over in the street. He sustained a life-threatening injury to his head, he later died in hospital.”

Detective Inspector Stewart Dipple, of Weymouth CID, said: “This is a very sad incident and we are keen to establish the facts. I understand that there were several people in the vicinity.

He added: “We would very much like to speak to anyone who has any information that may help us determine exactly what happened.”

Anyone with information can call Dorset Police on 101 quoting incident number 2:440.