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Tributes paid to Ernie Robinson who died in Alston crash

Posted on - 21st July, 2016 - 5:01pm | Author - | Posted in - Grimsargh, News
Ernie Robinson was a successful local businessman, police taped off the road for a number of hours near Preston

Ernie Robinson was a successful local businessman, police taped off the road for a number of hours near Preston

The family of a grandfather who died in a crash near Preston have paid tribute.

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Ernie Robinson, 80, was involved in a collision between a Ford van and a green Gowring car in Preston Road.

The incident, on Tuesday 5 July, saw the Longridge man suffer serious injuries and be pronounced dead at the scene close to the White Bull Pub in Alston.

Ernie’s family said: “He was a selfless, loving and loyal family man who put a smile onto everyone’s face.

“Ernie was a devoted husband; when the collision occurred he was on his twice daily trip to visit his wife of 60 years who is a resident in a nearby care home.

“The world has lost a true gentleman, a generous, kind man who always had a good word and a helping hand for everyone.

“Ernie leaves behind a successful business, which he built up from scratch, a legacy he started to support his family and one which will continue in his honour as it employs his two sons, along with one of his daughter’s-in-law.

“Ernie will be missed by many, he was a well-known and respected figure in the local area and a regular at the boot sales.”

He leaves behind a wife, two children and four grandchildren.

Ernie was previously a director of ATN Industrial Services Limited.

Preston Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses to the crash.

Sergeant Nigel Ralphson said at the time: “We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident but did not speak to police.

“Furthermore, we want to talk to anyone who may have seen either vehicle being driven prior to the collision.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log reference 1055 of July 5.

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