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'Tony was a great father' says widow

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: March 13, 2013

Tributes are paid to Antonio Carmelo De Seta, 51, who was cycling at Cardinham Wood when he collapsed and died.

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"THIRTY years was not enough." These are the heartbroken words of widow Denise De Seta paying tribute to her husband Antonio Carmelo, 51, who was cycling at Cardinham Woods, near Bodmin, when he collapsed and died on February 19.

On Monday mourners filled Bodmin Crematorium to pay a final farewell to the dedicated and caring family man, originally from Camborne.

Mrs De Seta, 46, said: "We had 30 years together. It was love at first sight."

The couple have three daughters, Delfina, 27, Daniella, 24, and Kristina, 22. Mr De Seta also leaves grandchildren Gracie, 2, and three and a half-week-old Toby. Mr De Seta died two days after his first grandson was born.

When not riding trails, surfing or skateboarding, he worked at Polymermedics in St Austell (formerly West Pharmaceuticals).

He would regularly ride at Cardinham Woods, Tehidy and Trago.

Mrs De Seta said her hardworking husband, who she called Tony, was "very family orientated. The most important thing to him was his three girls, who were the apples of his eye. He was a great father.

"Toby was the first boy in our family and this was a really big thing for him." He spoke of taking Toby surfing, skateboarding and bike riding.

Mr De Seta, who was also keen on tattoos, was riding with three others when he was taken ill and attempts to save him using CPR failed.

Devon Air Ambulance was sent because Cornwall's helicopter was already transporting a patient to hospital. A Royal Navy search and rescue helicopter based at RNAS Culdrose was also sent because it was difficult to reach the cyclist.

His grief-stricken family have extended their heartfelt thanks to everybody who tried to help.

Mrs De Seta added: "I am in shock. I am trying to get through one day at a time.

"Antonio will be sadly missed by all who knew him but never forgotten."

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