A grieving family paid a touching tribute to their ‘perfect son and friend’ who died suddenly, aged just 26.
Former Crofton High School pupil Rory Embling died on Saturday afternoon, soon after falling ill.
His devastated dad Chris, 59, of Ackworth, said: “I consider Rory to be the perfect son but not only that he was a perfect friend so I will miss him on both those counts.
“What creates further misery and upset for us as a family is that he was a perfectly healthy young man and not knowing what’s happened just makes it even worse.”
Mr Embling, who worked as a paralegal for Heptonstall’s Solicitors in Pontefract, was a lifelong Leeds United fan and had been a season ticket holder for almost 20 years.
He was on his way to a wrestling event at Nottingham Arena but suddenly collapsed close to Woodall Services near Sheffield.
He was taken to Chesterfield Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Dad Chris said: “We had bonds other than football and we had an extremely good relationship throughout Rory’s life but football was the catalyst behind our bond.”
Mr Embling’s mum, Anne, 55, said: “I am so proud of Rory. I love him so much and I just want to tell him that now. He was just perfect in every way.”
His sister Francesca, 23, said: “I couldn’t have wished for a better brother. I used to be able to tell him everything and he would support me.”