A dad who died in a road accident just outside Boston had a big date in his diary – giving his daughter away at her wedding.
A last treasured family photo of David Cook, 54, of Hall Lane, Stickney, is one where he’s smiling broadly, looking every inch the proud and loving dad that he was, while wearing the suit he had chosen for his younger daughter Nichola’s marriage to Simon Harrow on July 21.
David’s wife, Linda, 57, said: “We know it is (the wedding) going to go ahead because David would have wanted it to go ahead.”
Linda, an assistant manager with MiHomecare in Boston, has spoken for the first time about the loss of the family man, known to everyone as ‘Cookie’, who died when his motorcycle was involved in a collision with an Audi A3 on the B1192 at Langrick.
David lost his life days before his 55th birthday and his 27th wedding anniversary. He was also looking forward to attending Simon’s stag party in Las Vegas and would have set off next Wednesday, July 8.
Linda confirmed David, a workshop manager with H H Adkins, had taken the long route home to avoid gridlock sparked by an earlier crash on John Adams Way.
For somebody to do that – to jump out from their lorry and try to save him – I think is just wonderful. I am so grateful.Linda Cook, David’s wife
A lorry driver leapt from his cab to administer CPR in a bid to save David’s life. An ambulance crew also arrived quickly as they were nearby in a line of queuing traffic.
Linda is trying to find out the lorry driver’s name so she can thank him personally.
She said: “For somebody to do that – to jump out from their lorry and try to save him – I think is just wonderful. I am so grateful.”
David’s son, Adam, 21, flew home from America to be with his family after his mum broke the heartbreaking news in a phone call.
Linda said David had ridden motorbikes since he was 14.
“His grandad had bikes, his dad had bikes, it was in his blood really,” she said.
His passion for bikes took him to national and international meetings and his love of Sheffield United saw him attend matches with adam. The ‘cool’ dad also loved taking his daughters to music concerts.
As well as Linda, Nichola, 25, and Adam, David leaves family including an elder daughter from his first marriage, Michelle, 34, granddaughter Caitlyn, 18 months, and his dad, Pete.
David’s funeral service takes place at 1.30pm on Friday at Boston Crematorium with a gathering afterwards at the Duke of Wellington at Midville. Donations are for LIVES first responders, the air ambulance and Arthritis Research.