POPULAR, kind and hilarious - just three of the words used by Adrian Sparrow’s family to describe exactly what he meant to them.
Mr Sparrow, of Mitchell Road, Billinge, was tragically killed on Friday, February 25 in a motorway pile-up in Hertfordshire.
He was driving his Ford Transit van along the clockwise carriageway on the M25 between junctions 21a and 22 just before 7am, when he collided with a Peugot and four HGVs.
At 67-years-old, he had been a self-employed haulier for 32 years and it was whilst doing his job that tragedy struck.
His wife of 46 years, Pam, has paid tribute to the “wonderful, family man” who was an extremely popular member of the community.
“Everybody loved him,” she said. “The whole of Billinge has been hit by this.
“He travelled all over the country in his job - he loved doing it. He made many friends through it, up and down the country.”
But it was in his local community of Billinge where Adrian - or Aidy as he was more commonly known - was most loved.
A keen pub goer, he was a regular at both the Foresters Arms and Billinge Arms.
He had his own unique seat at the Foresters and on the day he died, they kept it clear and placed a pint of beer next to it.
He was father to Tony, Andrea, David, Claire and Darren; grandfather to Shane, Jade, Nicola, Carla, Kaye and Kyle and great-grandfather to five-year-old Tilly with another great-grandchild on the way.
“He would do anything for his family,” added Pam. “He had a great sense of humour, he was hilarious.
“He knew anything and everything about cars too. Just before he died, he was helping his grandson Shane with his car.”
Eldest son Tony added: “He was a very humble man. As we have been sorting out his accounts, we noticed he had a direct debit going to Action for the blind.
“He would never mention it though, it was just something he would do and expect no praise for.”
* Adrian’s funeral will take place at St Aiden’s Church, Billinge on Wednesday, March 9 with a celebration of his life to follow at the Billinge Arms. Several local business and factories are set to shut up shop for a day as a sign of respect and so that they can attend. The family have asked that any donations be passed on to the Niemann-Pick Disease Group UK.