Mystery death of ‘wonderful dad’ Steve Bamber

The Argus: Mystery surrounds the death of father-of-two Steve Bamber Mystery surrounds the death of father-of-two Steve Bamber

The two young children of a 31-year-old who was found dead in the street have been told “daddy is a star in the sky”.

Police still do not know how healthy Steve Bamber, of Springfield Road, near Preston Park, Brighton, died.

Mr Bamber, father to Leaella, seven, and Mason, five, was discovered slumped in front of a garage in Colbourne Avenue, Moulsecoomb, at 8.45am on Saturday, February 9.

A witness said the hardworking roofer had no marks on him and appeared to be perfectly neat and tidy.

On Friday February 8, the former pupil of the now shut Stanley Deason Secondary School in Wilson Avenue, Whitehawk, had been at the Bat and Ball pub in Ditchling Road, Brighton.

His family began to panic when he had not returned home by Saturday morning.

Police and coroner’s officers are now investigating why he was so far away from home.

Yesterday (February 11) his heartbroken girlfriend of more than 12 years, Vicki Moss, with whom he lived, said he would be remembered for how much he loved his children.

'Wonderful dad'

She said: “He was a really wonderful dad. He was absolutely fantastic with the children and really doted on them.

“I will just have to look at the kids to see him – they are so much like him.”

Miss Moss’ mother, Janice Moss, who Mr Bamber was very close to, said: “I wish I didn’t love him so much because then it would not hurt so much.”

Not suspicious The 48-year-old, of Montague Street, Kemp Town, Brighton, added: “We all loved him. He was such a lovely bloke.

“It took ages to tell the children.

“We said to them, ‘Daddy went to sleep. Now he is a big bright star who is looking down on you’.”

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “His death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious at this stage, and the coroner’s office is continuing enquiries.

“A post-mortem is expected to take place this week.”

The family have not yet set a date for a funeral.

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3:35pm Tue 12 Feb 13

brighton-breezy says...

So very sad, and very worrying that a young healthy man has died. I was just reading about a young Crawley mum also dying in unexplained circumstances. I hope this has nothing to do with any legal highs (or not legal highs) otherwise we are going to see a lot more of this type of thing happening. RIP
So very sad, and very worrying that a young healthy man has died. I was just reading about a young Crawley mum also dying in unexplained circumstances. I hope this has nothing to do with any legal highs (or not legal highs) otherwise we are going to see a lot more of this type of thing happening. RIP brighton-breezy

4:09pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Teri86 says...

Went to lay some flowers for u today Steve a gentle kind and loving person taken from us way too soon couldn't ask more of a brother in law then u always willing to do anything for anyone a big part of our family and ur precious babies will grow to know all of this there's no words to explain how heartbroken we all are from loosing u sleep tight angel we love and miss you like crazy :-(
Went to lay some flowers for u today Steve a gentle kind and loving person taken from us way too soon couldn't ask more of a brother in law then u always willing to do anything for anyone a big part of our family and ur precious babies will grow to know all of this there's no words to explain how heartbroken we all are from loosing u sleep tight angel we love and miss you like crazy :-( Teri86

7:32pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Hoarder12345444 says...

Very sad story, RIP.
Very sad story, RIP. Hoarder12345444

9:14pm Wed 13 Feb 13

Teri86 says...

Tonight your baby girl asked why her mummy didn't try to wake you and tell you they wanted you home how are we suposed to explain that to a seven year old who is missing her daddy terribly Steve to know she is hurting and will never get to see u again breaks our hearts love and miss u so much xxx
Tonight your baby girl asked why her mummy didn't try to wake you and tell you they wanted you home how are we suposed to explain that to a seven year old who is missing her daddy terribly Steve to know she is hurting and will never get to see u again breaks our hearts love and miss u so much xxx Teri86

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