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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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Funeral of grandad killed crossing Workington road

The funeral has taken place of a Workington man who was killed crossing a town centre road.

Jim Smith photo
Jim Smith

Pedestrian Jim Smith, of Hyde Street, was hit by a car, driven by a 50-year-old woman, in Oxford Street in January.

The 54-year-old grandfather died from his injuries at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven the following day.

Mr Smith’s funeral service was being held at Distington Hall Crematorium.

After he died, his daughters, Sharon Smith, of Egremont and Alisha Smith, of Workington, paid an emotional tribute to their dad.

“He was our world,” they said. “He was one in a million. We can’t imagine life without our dad, we will miss him so much.”

Mr Smith was born and brought up in Whitehaven with his three brothers and sister, before moving to Workington with his late wife Norma.

His daughter’s said that when his wife died suddenly in 2011, it was like their dad had “lost his right arm”.

They said: “They were soul mates. They used to spend all their time together so when she died, he was lost.”

A joiner by trade, Mr Smith had his own joinery business before working for several other firms – latterly Jackson’s Timber Yard in Whitehaven.

“He was a devoted dad, always there for us when we needed him and would always be the first person we would turn to,” added the daughters. “He always told us he loved us, making sure we knew.”

The collision which claimed Mr Smith’s life happened on Tuesday, January 15 at 5.45pm.

Police inquiries are continuing into the incident and officers are appealing for witnesses to call them on 101.

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