South Shields oil worker’s family still coming to terms with tragedy

Ben Malloy with his partner Fay Sarson.
Ben Malloy with his partner Fay Sarson.

The devastated mother of a dad-of-two who died while working on an oil rig has thanked friends and family for their support

Grief-stricken Carol Malloy is still desperately trying to come to terms with the tragic loss of son 25-year-old Ben Malloy, who was found dead in his cabin last Sunday while working offshore in Denmark.

I have been bowled over by the care and support we have received.

Carol Malloy

As hundreds prepare to pay a final tribute to a short life lived to the full, she says she is taking comfort from the deluge of support she has received from people who have rallied round in her hour of need.

Ms Malloy, her partner Colin Campbell and Ben’s younger brother Dominic, 19, say they are still reeling from the shocking news.

She said: “It’s still too devastating to talk about. It’s still a huge shock. You don’t think you will ever be that person going through this, receiving sympathy cards.

“But I have been bowled over by the care and support we have received. The cards have been flooding in and it is a comfort.

“He was a devoted dad, a very kind-hearted son and a very hard worker who wanted to provide for his family.”

Ben, who lived in Snowberry Grove, South Shields, with partner Fay Sarson and their two young children, Faith, five, and five-month-old Marcus had been due to return home on leave for Christmas just days after his death.

He was employed by Skilled International in Aberdeen and was carrying out work for global offshore drilling firm Ensco in Denmark at the time of his death.

Ms Malloy, 49, is determined that the funeral services being held on December 30 will be a celebration of Ben’s life.

She added: “There will be hundreds of people at the services. Everybody loved him. This will be a final chance for everyone to say goodbye.”

A funeral service will be held at St Michael’s Church, Westoe Road, at 1.45pm, before a humanist service is conducted at South Shields Crematorium at 2.30pm.

South Tyneside Coroner’s office is investigating the death.