Family pay tribute to man who died in A596 crash

The family of Eric Coulson, the driving instructor who died at the scene of the road traffic collision on the A596 at Wigton  have paid tribute to him.

A family member said on behalf of his grandchildren: “Our Granda was a truly lovely, kind man who will be missed by all his grandchildren; Polly, Jessica, Ewan, Oliver and Charlie.”

His granddaughter Jessica, 18, said: “We would like Eric to be remembered as the kind, bubbly, loving gentleman he was, who always had a smile on his face and always helped others. Many, many people will miss him and we are very grateful for his help, advice and driving skills.

“I, myself, appreciate everything he has ever done for me; from changing my nappy to comforting me and, obviously, getting me through my test. He was a huge tower of strength for our family and somehow, somewhere, he still will be, helping us through this hard time.

“Love always, Granda.”

Rachel Coulson, Eric’s daughter, said: “My dad was a very special man, a true family man who always put us first. He was honest and decent and would not harm a soul. All the tributes to him on Facebook have been a huge comfort. He has had a harrowing few months but is at peace now.

“He will be missed greatly by all that knew him.”

Mr Coulson, 62, was driving a white Suzuki Swift on the A596 when he collided with a HGV at around 8.54am on Thursday 29 March. The HGV driver, a 45 year old man from Liverpool, was uninjured.