Golfers have clubbed together to buy a live-saving piece of equipment in memory of their friend who died playing the game.
Scott Davey suffered a heart attack in January and fell to the ground while playing golf at Calverley Golf Club.
His widow, Amanda, said Scott, of Baildon, was a big character.
“He was a comedian. He was always making people laugh, all the time. That’s what everybody misses about him. He was always around and had something to say,” the 44-year-old said.
Friend Michael Barrett was with Mr Davey that day. He said: “We thought we should do something. We decided a good thing for the golf club would be to have a defibrillator.”
Mr Barrett said the equipment, which can give the heart an electric shock in some cases of cardiac arrest, may not have saved Mr Davey, 43, as he died so quickly, but it would be reassuring to have one.
The golfer is a member of the White Bear Golfing Society in Idle and with fellow players, and staff from the White Bear pub and Calverley Golf Club, £1,000 was raised through golfers donating prize money, a golfing event, raffle and collections. “You can’t believe how helpful people were,” Mr Barrett said. “We thought it would take until September, but we’ve raised nearly enough for two defibrillators.”
Money left over will be spent on a bench and two plaques with Mr Davey’s name on – one for the bench and one to go above the defibrillator at Woodhall Lane, Pudsey.
Mrs Davey said: “I think it’s amazing.
“They’ve obviously raised a lot of money and all for a good cause which will hopefully save somebody’s life in the future.
“I have to say thank you so very much for what Michael’s done. It’s greatly appreciated and I’m sure it will be by other people as well.”
Scott was a father of one and worked for a refrigeration company.
“Golf was his life, it was what he lived for,” said Mrs Davey, who was with Scott for 19 years.
PGA professional and Calverley Golf Club director Danny Littlewood said Scott was massively popular at the club, which he had been a member of for eight years.