A Scout leader who died after being hit by a lorry in Cannock was today described as a loving husband and father who “always put others before himself”.
John Taylor died as he crossed the busy A5 Watling Street, in Bridgtown, at the weekend. Tributes were today paid to the 43-year-old of Dartmouth Road in Cannock.
Mr Taylor leaves behind his wife Diane, children Beth and Ben, parents Neil and Betty and siblings Clare, Adele and Damian.
Family members have issued a tribute today to Mr Taylor, as they spoke of their shock at his tragic death.
“He was a kind, caring, considerate man who always put others before himself and had a great sense of humour,” his family said.
“The tragedy has come as a horrendous shock and loss to his family who would like to thank emergency services, medical staff at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire and all well-wishers for their kind words of support throughout this difficult time.”
Mr Taylor worked as a housing support manager for 13 years and was also a Scout leader with Second Great Wyrley St Thomas More Scout Group for 15 years.
A funeral service will be held for him at St Mary’s Church in Cannock on March 14 at 11.30am.
Friends have been invited to the service to celebrate his life and a request has been made for family flowers only, with donations to be forwarded to the Housing Associations Charitable Trust.
Detectives have been looking at CCTV footage of the area as they investigate the collision, which happened at around 4.30am on Saturday morning.
A mile-long stretch of the busy road was closed off for around six hours. Floral tributes were left at the scene.
The driver of the lorry, a man in his 60s from Cheshire, was unhurt.
Anyone who witnessed the collision, or has any infomation, should call Staffordshire Police on 101.
It was one of two fatal crashes to happen in the region on Saturday.
Motorcyclist Ryan Husted, aged 25, was killed when his motorcycle collided with a car in Cresswell Crescent, Bloxwich.
His shocked family has now paid tribute to the former Sneyd school pupil and said that he was a fun-loving person and always “lived life to the max”.
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