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Sunday, 21 September 2014

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Tributes to devoted Carlisle dad who died aged 34

Tributes have been paid to a devoted Carlisle dad and husband.

 Dan Jennings photo
Dan Jennings

Daniel Jennings, known as Dan, died suddenly at his home in Brisco Meadows, Upperby.

He grew up and spent most of his life in Penrith, attending Ullswater College as a teenager before working first at National Tyres, in Scotland Road, Penrith, and then at Harold’s Tyres on the town’s Gilwilly Industrial Estate.

Tributes have been paid to Dan by his mother Sue, who said: “He loved anything mechanical. He and his dad would tinker with lawnmowers and cars. He used to take things to bits to see how they worked.

“Nothing fazed him. We were so close as a family; he would help anybody out.”

Dan’s father, Anthony ‘Tant’, passed away when he was just 12 but is responsible for his love of mechanics.

His first major project was working on a Lister stationary engine which had belonged to his father, and eventually bringing it back into service.

Dan married his wife Deborah at Conlongen Castle, near Annan, in July 2010.

The couple lived in Upperby with their three-year-old daughter Freya, who he was devoted to. A funeral announcement adds a personal message to his girl, stating: “Daddy will always, always love you.”

Social networking sites have been filled with messages of support for Dan’s wife and daughter, as well as to all his family and friends.

Dan was passionate about motorsports and was a talented autograss racer.

He raced for both the Solway and Yorkshire Dales clubs, and both clubs have posted details of their member’s death online.

Writing on the Solway Facebook page, Gavin Marks said: “Such sad, sad news to hear and a big shock. RIP Dan. Always the good ones taken too soon.”

Also posting on social networking sites was Kelly Rudd Walker, who wrote: “Thinking of you all... lost for words. It’s so sad.”

Sara-Sass Robertson added: “Such a sad loss – will be missed greatly. My thoughts with family, friends and all at Harold’s Tyres.”

Dan leaves behind his mum, sister Amanda and brother Matthew.

His funeral service will take place at 11am on Friday in the Function Suite at Stoneybeck Inn, Bowscar, near Penrith.

This will be followed by a burial service at Penrith Cemetery.

Donations can be made in Dan’s memory to the British Heart Foundation and either left at the service or sent c/o Walker’s Funeral Directors, Tynefield House, Penrith CA11 8HY.

An inquest into his death is due to be opened on Tuesday.

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