A BRITISH dad-of-three has died in a swimming pool tragedy on a Greek island holiday with his wife.
Former soldier Simon Jones, 42, went for a swim to cool down after a day of sight-seeing on Rhodes.
Shattered wife Daniella was told his “heart just stopped” as he swam lengths in the hotel pool.
Sister-in-law Tarah Morgan, 32, said: “Somebody pulled Simon out of the pool and tried to work on him and call the ambulance.
“They put him on the floor and worked on him for 45 minutes but there was nothing they could do.”
Daniella and bus driver Simon, of Tonypandy, Rhondda, South Wales, were on the last few days of their two-week holiday in on the sunshine island.
Daniella, 29, said: “He was amazing, a really good man and a good husband. He’d always call me his princess.”
He was amazing, a really good man and a good husband. He’d always call me his princess
Simon's wife Daniella
The couple met through their work at a coach tour company where she worked as a courier and Simon as a coach driver across Europe.
Daniella said: “I started working for Ferris Coaches and Simon said [to one of his colleagues] ‘I’m going to marry that girl’.
“And we did end up getting married. When I first saw him I thought he was mad. We got married after two years.”
Before becoming a coach driver, Simon spent a number of years in the army as part of the Royal Logistics.
His brother Damon said: “Simon was military crazy, he absolutely loved the military.”
After leaving the military he worked as security at a number of clubs for several years around Cardiff and Barry.
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Damon added: “It’s fair to say that even after all of this time it’s still hard to comprehend.
“He did have a heart murmur when he was younger and it was still ongoing, and he did have scans later on in life but it did seem like everything was alright.”
Simon’s funeral will be held on September 24 in Glyntaff Crematorium in Pontypridd, South Wales.
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