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Tributes to dad killed in quad bike crash

A FAMILY has paid tribute to a 38-year-old farmer who died in a quad bike accident.

Colin Ellwood died at the scene of the accident in Marton on Friday evening.

The father-of-two lived on his family's farm at Heathwaite Farm in Woodland near Broughton.

He had taken his quad bike close to a stream to move some bulls which belonged to a neighbouring farmer, who had gone on holiday.

But when Mr Ellwood didn’t return, his father, Clark, and brother, Richard, went to look for him.

Shortly afterwards, Richard found his 38-year-old brother crushed underneath the quad bike, which is believed to have slid down thebanking of the stream.

Emergency services were called to the scene at 6.25pm, including an air ambulance crew from Blackpool, but Mr Ellwood was pronounced dead on arrival.

Duddon and Furness Mountain Rescue helped police to recover his body to Furness General Hospital.

A spokeswoman for the North West Air Ambulance said: “We believe that the quad bike rolled over and someone else found the gentleman with the quad bike on top of him.

“He was dead when we arrived at the scene so we gave him no treatment. Mountain rescue were called due to the location.”

Mr Ellwood worked at the family business at Heathwaite Farm with his brother and father. He and his wife Helen had moved into a purpose-built bungalow at the farm 12 months ago to be closer to work.

His widow was with the family yesterday as they tried to come to terms with what had happened.

She said: “Colin was a wonderful and much-loved husband, he was a marvellous dad to our sons; Clark, five, and Angus, three and-a-half, who he utterly adored. He farmed all his life and lived for his work, taking great pride in everything. He and his brother had always worked as a brilliant team.

“Anyone that knew Colin will remember his mischievous smile, wicked sense of humour and that he called a spade a spade. Colin was never work shy and he was always willing to help anyone and had a heart of gold.

“He will never be forgotten and words cannot express how much he will be missed.”

Mr Ellwood’s father, Clark, said his son had loved farming so much he used to “bunk off school” to help muck out.

Clark, 68, and his wife Sheila paid tribute to their “irreplaceable son”.

They said: “Our lives have been turned totally upside down.”

Mr Ellwood’s brother, 43-year-old Richard, added: “I have lost half of a great team, we have always worked together and worked hard to building up our farming business as a family partnership.”

The coroner for South and East Cumbria, Ian Smith, has been informed of the death and an inquest is expected to be opened in due course.

Have your say

With sadness I read of your tragic loss.
From 1990 to 2000 when I lived at Fellgate below Heathwaite I'd often meet Colin leading the cows to or from pasture along the narrow road between Grizebeck and Woodland. We'd have a pleasant chat.
When my car failed or became snowbound, Colin would lend a helping hand or offer me a ride.
He was a fine young man who will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Richard Shipley
(The American who worked at Vickers now living in Seattle, USA)

Posted by Richard Shipley on 10 August 2011 at 03:44

I knew colin well at school but unfortunatly only met a couple of times after that, Tragic news to hear for such a nice bloke you will be remembered fondly. My thoughts and prayers to your family and friends. Happy farming up there mate.

Posted by Shawn Galbraith on 9 August 2011 at 01:06

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