Family left devastated by loss of loving dad Paul Trevelyan
THE family of a suspected murder victim have told how they are struggling to come to terms with losing him.
Paul Trevelyan, who worked at Tata's steel plant in Port Talbot for more than 30 years, died at his Porthcawl home last Sunday.
Police arrested a man in connection with the death, believed to be Mr Trevelyan's son Richard, but have so far been unable to interview him as he is in Morriston Hospital.
Mr Trevelyan was married to Christine. The couple also have a daughter, Swansea University student Esther.
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The family have now released a tribute to Mr Trevelyan.
They said: "The whole family have been devastated by this tragedy and we cannot believe that this has happened.
"Paul was a loving husband and a dearly loved father, son, brother, brother-in-law, nephew, uncle and son-in-law.
"He was extremely hard working and very highly respected by his work colleagues and friends.
"As a gentle, kind and thoughtful person, he was always willing to help others. He was a family man and enjoyed the simple pleasures in life."
Police were called to the 50-year-old's home in Nottage Meadows, Nottage, at around 12.20am on Sunday.
Mr Trevelyan's body was discovered, and detectives later confirmed the incident was being treated as murder.
As well as carrying out house-to-house inquiries, police cordoned off the scene and carried out forensic work.
Colleagues and managers at the Tata works have also paid tribute to him, describing him as well-known and popular, and referring to his kindness and generosity.
Aberavon councillor and Tata worker Anthony Taylor said the workforce had been shaken by the tragedy.
"The steelworks is a big place but we are like a family here. Whenever there is a tragedy we band together, because that is what families do," he added.
Mr Trevelyan's own family said they were still trying to come to terms with his loss.
"We would like to thank friends, neighbours, colleagues and everyone who has offered their support," they said.
"It is very much appreciated and has been a great source of comfort.
"The support we have been given from South Wales Police and their family liaison team has been outstanding in helping us cope, and we would like to extend our deepest gratitude to them.
"The family now ask that their privacy be respected as they try to come to terms with the loss of Paul."