Tributes to Stamford butler killed at Burghley House

Arthur Mellar, from Stamford EMN-140724-134124001
Arthur Mellar, from Stamford EMN-140724-134124001
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Moving tributes have been paid to Arthur Mellar who died in a tragic accident at Burghley House last week.

Describing him as a “loving, generous and kind” man, his partner Gerwin Castillo said: “He was my life.”

The air ambulance and fire crews at Burghley House EMN-140721-120016001

The air ambulance and fire crews at Burghley House EMN-140721-120016001

Mr Mellar died after suffering serious injuries in an accident, in which he was crushed by a lift, on July 12 at the stately home in Stamford, where he was a butler.

Speaking at their home in Conduit Road, Stamford, Gerwin, 39, said he first knew of the accident when he received a call from Burghley House asking him to come there straight away.

The health care worker for the NHS in Bourne, said: “When I got there, he was surrounded by paramedics and doctors. He had a ventilator and they were trying to revive him. They took him in an ambulance to Peterborough City Hospital.

“He was in the resuscitation room for four hours, fighting for his life.”

After two more hours in the Intensive Care Unit, where doctors exhausted all efforts to save him, Mr Mellar, 47, died with his partner of three years by his side.

Gerwin said: “It feels like we were together for 30 years. He was such a beautiful person inside and out.

“He was kind and generous and a very loving man. He had a wicked sense of humour.

“The pain of losing him is immeasurable. He meant a lot to me. We’d made many plans together.

“Now I have to accept that he is no longer here. What I find heartbreaking is that he died in such an awful way.”

Classic car enthusiast, Mr Mellar, who owned a Bentley and a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud, worked at Burghley for eight years.

He was originally from Barnsley where his mother Mona, brother Frederick and sister Ivy live. His father Fred died on New Years Eve.

Police and the Health and Safety Executive are conducting a joint investigation into the circumstances surrounding Mr Mellar’s death.

Burghley estate director David Pennell said the house would co-operate fully with the investigation.

He said: “It is with the deepest sadness that we confirm the tragic death of Arthur Mellar, a highly-valued member of the household team at Burghley, following an accident on Saturday, July 12.”

Mr Mellar’s funeral will be held on Tuesday, July 29 at 2pm at St Martin’s Church.