Staff and customers at Morrisons have raised money for a bench to be installed at the supermarket’s site in memory of popular employee Tim Osborn, who died in a road crash aged 27 in September 2012.
Today the bench will become a focus for family and friends as they gather there from 5.30pm onwards to mark Tim’s birthday.
Tim’s close friends and family are still struggling to come to terms with his death.
The first anniversary of the crash that claimed Tim’s life came on September 14 and his family held open house because they didn’t want to face that day on their own.
Tim’s dad, Stephen, said: “It’s been hard on all of us. There’s been times when it’s just imploded on us – just become too much for us – but we have stuck together.
“On the first anniversary we held open house for all of his friends and family so we had people coming over all weekend, which made it a lot easier than just being sat here.”
Stephen is touched that people who knew Tim gave cash to install the oak bench on the Pinchbeck supermarket site – and now have somewhere to reflect on the man who brightened their lives.
Stephen tried out the bench for the first time on Friday and was joined by Tim’s close workmates.
“It’s a lovely bench,” said Stephen. “All this came about because of the customers at Morrisons, who wanted to leave some money or do something for Tim.”
Tim often saw the lighter side of life.
Stephen said: “We have heard some very, very funny stories from some of the staff and customers.
“He loved helping people and when we were up there (to see the new bench) customers were coming up to us and telling us little stories.”
Tim used to collect the trolleys at Morrisons and Stephen said he was very contented being there.
“I think he liked being outside and talking to people and helping people,” said Stephen.
Store personnel manager Sandy Sewell remembers Tim as a quiet man who was popular with staff and customers – and says it will be good for them to have a place to sit and think about his life.
Mrs Sewell said: “He was a model employee, really. He is missed and he is thought about often.”