THE brother of a man from Oswestry who died on Saturday, has paid tribute to his “best friend” who was “really caring” and somebody who “supported everyone”.

Steve Rowe, has spoken to the Advertizer about his older brother Craig, 28, who took his own life, near Halton.

He said the loss of his brother, who was also a son, boyfriend and uncle, has created a “massive void that will never be filled.”

"My little girl is only six weeks old, she's never going to know him," Steve said.

“We are all so close. We’re a small family.

“He was my best friend – we were mentally in tune, we both knew what the other one was thinking.

“We’ve grown up together, we both loved sport – both super competitive. He used to beat me at everything, he loved winning more than anything in the world. But you couldn’t not like him,” he added.

“I don’t think there is anyone who he didn’t like – I don’t remember him ever falling out with anyone.

“He had so many friends and he supported everyone, he was always picking people up and changing his own emotions to accommodate those around him.”

Steve believes that Craig, a former pupil at Lakelands in Ellesmere, would have made sure everyone thought he was okay.

“There was nothing to make you think that he was going to take his own life. We didn’t know,” he said.

“I wish I’d known. He’s helped me out a lot myself – why couldn’t he have let me help him?”

“We lost both our grandparents recently, our gran died in June last year, and our grandad a couple of months back – they were like our second parents.

“He just must have declined into not seeing any other way out.

“He was so level headed and rational usually.”

Craig was a keen player of pool and gaming app Pokemon Go, even travelling to Germany more than once to play.

A Pokemon Go event will be held on Saturday in Oswestry in his memory, while a 24-hour pool competition is taking place at the Ex Serviceman’s Club in Oswestry on Friday.

Jamie Baines, Craig’s friend, said: “Everyone of the pool lads loved the way he would miss a pot and have a complete rage moment, as he would call it – before laughing at how funny it was.”

“There’s never going to be anyone who will replace him,” Steve added.

A fundraising page set up by Craig’s friend Mark Hughes is aiming to raise money for the family and also for mental health charities. To donate, visit