Tributes have been paid to a Scarborough wrestler, who friends have said was just as popular outside the ring as he was inside it.
Superfit Tommy ‘Toma’ Hansom passed away after a brave fight with his toughest foe to date, leukaemia, at St Catherine’s Hospice on March 13 at the age of 75.
Now, after his funeral last Thursday, friends of the “much loved” entrepenuer have spoken affectionately about the former grappler.
“He was just a good guy,” said Steve Walton, who knew Mr Hanson for over 40 years.
“In wrestling he was always one of the good guys, and he was just like that in real life.”
Mr Hanson enjoyed a varied career.
A public schoolboy, he was a talented rugby player and long-distance swimmer in his youth.
He went on to enjoy a succesful stint as general manager of Scarborough Zoo and Marine Land, under the gaze of owner Don Robinson.
However, it is for his exploits in the squared circle that he was known best in Scarborough, wrestling at venues such as the Spa, and even showcased his talents in front of millions of viewers on TV.
His wrestling career lasted for around a quarter of a century, but he still remained in fighting shape throughout his life.
But besides his slams, he could also cut down opponents with his legendary wit.
David Kemp owns The Oak Wheel in Burniston with wife Wendy, and Mr Hansom lived there at the end of his life.
“He always had a joke to tell, even if it was the same one he had been telling for the past 20 years.
“But he was just a man who would do anything for you, and he was meticulous in everything that he did.
“He became one of the family here.”
The funeral took place on March 21 at Woodlands Crematorium.
His wife Erica and son Bryn have both passed, and he leaves behind grandchildren Lexus and Brody and their mum Kim.
“He always had one saying,” added Mr Kemp.
“There’s another day tomorrow.”