Crewe family pay tribute to devoted family man killed in car crash

Crewe Guardian: Richard Hopley Richard Hopley

RELATIVES of a Crewe man killed in a road traffic collision in Nantwich have paid tribute to a ‘warm, caring and devoted family man’ who will be dearly missed.

Richard Hopley, 56, died after his car collided with a lorry on Monday, December 23.

The crash occurred at 4.50am on the A51, about 100 yards from the Chearbrook Roundabout at the junction with the A500.

Richard was travelling toward the A500 in a silver Vauxhall Astra and collided with a white DAF articulated lorry with trailer, travelling towards Chester.

The lorry driver was shaken, but not injured.

Richard was taken by ambulance to Leighton Hospital, but despite the efforts of medical staff, he died a short time later.

Richard leaves behind his wife, Jane, and adult children Claire, Laura, and James.

In a statement, the family said: "He was a warm, loving, and devoted family man, whose gentle kindness will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him.

“The support and care from family and friends has been overwhelming at such a sad time."

Anyone with information which may assist the Collision Investigation is asked to contact Crewe Police on the Police non emergency number 101, quoting Incident number 107 of 23/12/2013.

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9:31pm Mon 30 Dec 13

lloydlatham21 says...

Richard was my cousin. My wife passed away in July and left me with my six year old daughter, Naomi-Claire. Christmas can be such an uncertain time for so many, but my dear wife always reminded me that "We must continue to have faith and believe that everything has a purpose no matter how unlikely. That a higher hand is guiding us and helping us through these times of grief and pain". Richard was a gentle man of deep emotions. As a child he and his sister Sandra would often visit my Nan's cottage in the village of Bunbury on a Saturday. Those were good times and he was always interested in animals and the farm which is why he did so well in his chosen career as Head Herdsman. May God's peace surround Jane and his family at this time. Much love, Nigel Lloyd-Latham (son of Derek & Doreen Latham)
Richard was my cousin. My wife passed away in July and left me with my six year old daughter, Naomi-Claire. Christmas can be such an uncertain time for so many, but my dear wife always reminded me that "We must continue to have faith and believe that everything has a purpose no matter how unlikely. That a higher hand is guiding us and helping us through these times of grief and pain". Richard was a gentle man of deep emotions. As a child he and his sister Sandra would often visit my Nan's cottage in the village of Bunbury on a Saturday. Those were good times and he was always interested in animals and the farm which is why he did so well in his chosen career as Head Herdsman. May God's peace surround Jane and his family at this time. Much love, Nigel Lloyd-Latham (son of Derek & Doreen Latham) lloydlatham21

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