Family pay tribute to ‘larger than life’ Fulwood man who died in Ashton-on-Ribble crash

Posted on - 29th September, 2022 - 11:15am | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Fulwood, Preston News, Roads

The family of a man who died following a road traffic collision in Preston have paid an emotional tribute to him. 


John Pearson, 75, from Fulwood, was driving a Volvo C70 on Egerton Road, Ashton-on-Ribble, when the vehicle collided with a parked car around midday on Friday 23 September. 

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Following a coroner’s report, it has been established Mr Pearson suffered a medical episode at the wheel, causing him to collide with the stationary vehicle.

Nobody else was involved in the incident.  Despite the efforts of the emergency services, he sadly died at the scene.

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In a tribute his family said: “We would like to pay tribute to the late John Pearson. A wonderful husband, fantastic dad and much-loved grandpa who suddenly and very sadly passed away on Friday 23rd September, 2022.  

“A jolly, larger than life character with a tale for everything, who devoted his life to helping others, in particular those with special needs which was a cause very close to his heart. 

“One of the founders of the Junior Blues for his beloved team Manchester City, founder of the family business, PA Communications, Chair of Governors for over 25 years at The Coppice School and Chairman and more recently Acting Chair for Disability Equality North West. 

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“A very special man, a true pillar of the community, volunteering and supporting those with disabilities, like his son and dedicating his time to helping so many.

“You have left a huge whole in our lives and will never be forgotten. Goodnight, god bless, you will be forever in our hearts.

“Once we have further details of the funeral arrangements we will advise, for those wanting to pay their last respects.”

Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to contact 101, quoting log 0491 of September 23.

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