Tribute to Holbeach driver who died after heart attack at wheel

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RETIRED transport company boss Colin Senior died on Thursday following a suspected heart attack at the wheel.

Mr Senior (73) was driving home to Holbeach from a check-up for his diabetes medication at Long Sutton Medical Centre when his Nissan Qashqai 4x4 left the A17 at Gedney and hit a lamppost.

Flowers at the scene of the crash on the A17 at Gedney

Flowers at the scene of the crash on the A17 at Gedney

He was taken by ambulance to Queen Elizabeth Hospital at King’s Lynn, where he died. A post mortem revealed death was due to natural causes.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash, which happened at 10.12am. Police accident experts visited the scene and traffic was diverted while they carried out their five-hour investigation.

Mr Senior’s son, Andrew, said his dad would have been pleased no one else was hurt in the crash – and the family were grateful to know that too.

Andrew said: “He would never want to harm anyone.”

He summed up his dad as “strong, powerful and loud”.

He added: “He was a fantastic grandfather to Lewis and George. He supported them in their sporting things.”

Mr Senior watched George (10) play for Moulton Cricket Club in the district league – having first taught him how to bowl and bat in his back garden.

He was just as proud standing on the touchline to watch Lewis (12) play under 13s Three Counties rugby and junior football for Holbeach United.

Mr Senior was educated at the boys’ school in Church Street, Holbeach. He became a sergeant in the 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards and saw active service in the Suez Crisis and Cyprus.

He was a postman for 25 years in Holbeach and then became a produce agent for Henry Scott and Sons, based in St James’ Market, Bradford.

In 1977 Mr Senior started his own transport company – Willows and Warrington – at Fleet Hargate and ran the business until 1989 when he semi-retired to do a couple of part-time jobs in sales.

He had two heart attacks in 1991 which restricted his ability to work.

Mr Senior loved gardening and visiting his static caravan at Chapel St Leonards, the seaside village he had visited for 40 years.

Andrew said: “He used to look after his car to pristine levels.”

Mr Senior leaves his wife, Beryl, who became the quality services manager with the Post Office at Peterborough after being postmistress for many years at Holbeach.

Besides Andrew and his grandsons, Mr Senior leaves his daughter-in-law Karen, his sister Christine and brother Michael.

Mr Senior’s funeral service will take place at 11am on Tuesday, April 19 at All Saints’ Church, Holbeach, followed by a private burial in the churchyard.