Tony Ayres died suddenly last Saturday (November 27) while at a county darts competition.
Now friend and fellow darts player Nigel Wakefield has set up a GoFundMe page to help support Tony’s wife Kerri, son Chris and daughter Chelsea.
Nigel said: “Tony was a close friend to myself and many fellow darts players.
“He was the player you always wanted to watch but never wanted to be drawn against.
The fundraiser raised more than £2,000 within days of being launched.
H&W Dart League’s officials said in an earlier statement: “One of the greatest players to grace our league has suddenly passed away.
“Tony Ayres was doing what he did the best, playing darts for Sussex when he suddenly had a massive heart attack that he could not recover from.
“Our condolences go to Tony’s family and friends.
“As a small mark of respect, the A Division singles competition will be renamed The Tony Ayres Cup.”