Carl Lewis passed away on April 8, leaving two children, Ben, 12, and Joe, five.
He was a talented football player, having had trials with Leeds United, and had played for several local teams, including Morda United and Oswestry Town. His half-brother Tommy Lewis paid tribute on behalf of the family.
He said: "Carl was a well-liked person and he will be sorely missed by many people."
FC Oswestry Town also paid tribute to Carl, calling him "a great footballer and amazing character".
A spokesman said: "We were sorry to hear the sad news about Carl. He was a legend."
Tom Brown, former Morda United team mate and strike partner, said: "Can't believe I have come home to the terrible news that the best player I have ever played with has passed away.
"He was such a great character and known throughout the town. We used to play together on a Saturday and Sunday for a local pub side. It was an absolute honour to play alongside him."
Former team mates and fans also paid tribute through Twitter and Facebook this week.
Jordan Gerrard said: "We've lost lan absolute gem. Hell of a lad and the best football player this area has seen, easy. Rest well Carl" Darren Ryan tweeted: "So sad to hear the news about Carl Lewis, a great character and an unbelievable football talent not to play professional football."
Nigel Woodcock posted: "The world has lost the best player I have ever know. He had natural talent in abundance."
Martyn Davies said: "Absolutely gutted to hear about Carl Lewis, the most talented footballer I have ever seen and had the pleasure of playing with #RIPCarl"
It is believed he died in his sleep. Funeral arrangements have not yet been confirmed.