A popular dad from Wales died suddenly when his heart stopped while he was swimming on holiday with his wife.
Simon Jones, 42, was in Greece with wife Daniella when the tragedy happened on Sunday, September 1.
The couple from Tonypandy had earlier been on a sightseeing tour of Rhodes before Simon got into the pool, Wales Online reports.
Simon’s family said as he was swimming and his “heart just stopped”.
Despite medics working on the dad-of-three for more than 45 minutes he was pronounced dead.
Sister-in-law Tarah Morgan, 32, said: “Somebody they had met on the holiday pulled Simon out of the pool and tried to work on him and call the ambulance and things.
“They put him on the floor and worked on him for 45 minutes but there was nothing they could do.
“Poor Daniella had to wait for a taxi because they wouldn’t let her in an ambulance.”
Daniella waited in Greece for her mother and aunt to arrive, before returning home to Wales.
Speaking on Friday, the 29-year-old said: “He was amazing, a really good man and a good husband. He’d always call me his princess.”
The couple met through their work at Ferris Coach Holidays, 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.”
She added that working with her husband, a keen gym-goer, was “wild”.
Simon had three children from a previous relationship and was a grandfather to two.
He had worked as a coach driver for around 17 years with Ferris, travelling all over Europe, becoming well-known with holiday-makers across Wales and the continent.
The family said since Simon’s death they have received messages from people he had met in Europe, and dozens of tributes have been paid to the driver across social media.
Speaking on Friday, Simon’s brother, Damon Jones, described him as an “awesome brother”.
Damon, one of three brothers, 39, said: “He was just a happy, fun guy who always cracked a joke. I’ve said if he was here now and this was me or my other brother, he would try to lighten up the situation.
“He would just bring light into everyone’s life. There’s not a story about him you can’t not laugh at, he was just a joker.
“He was an awesome brother growing up, he was very protective.
“It was just fun times, going up the mountains, playing army. He really enjoyed the mountains.”
Before becoming a coach driver, Simon’s family said he spent a number of years in the army as part of the Royal Logistics.
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.
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 with the wake following at the Welcome Inn in Tonypandy.