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Friday, 25 April 2014

Tributes paid to Ulverston Dad, 61, killed in crash

A DAD who was run down and killed, died “saving the life” of his son, his family say.

George Tyson, 61, died when he was hit by a car on the A5087 in Conishead, near Bardsea, on Sunday.

A 17-year-old from Barrow was arrested and bailed on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Mr Tyson, of Alexander Gardens, Ulverston, was walking with his son Garry when he was hit at 3.50pm.

Police said witnesses saw Mr Tyson push Garry out of the path of the oncoming car.

Garry was taken to Furness General Hospital after the incident, but was uninjured and is now back home with his family.

Today his daughter, Melanie Tyson, said his final “selfless act” was typical of her “heroic” father.

She said: “George was my dad and he died on Sunday doing the thing he loved the most.

“He was walking, as he does most Sundays, with my brother Garry, down the Coast Road towards Ulverston.

“My dad’s life was cruelly taken away from him, although through various witness statements, the story is blessed with his selfless act of saving the life of my brother.

“We, as a family, are still in shock of this news but realise that my dad’s quick action saved it from being an even bigger tragedy.

“My dad was a loyal Ulverstonian who cared for a great deal of people over his life in the wonderful town he loved.

“He was for a long time heavily involved in the community and had a large part to play in various projects to bring us all together – and, more importantly, help the kids get the most out of living in this beautiful town of ours. He was a naturally gifted carpenter who loved varnishing everything he could find. He was immensely talented.

“He practically built our family home from scratch and will be forever remembered carrying his tools around the house and drilling holes in - in my mum’s opinion - too many walls. He loved making a mess and I’ll always remember the great times we had, along with my brother and sometimes at the expense of my mum’s patience, having too many laughs.

“Most people of Ulverston will know him through the long-term care and help he has shown my brother and most people will have at some point seen them pacing through town on their many missions.

“Garry, who was left disabled following his own tragic accident, was inseparable from his dad and the huge amount of time, care and patience my dad showed will be hugely missed.

“Myself and my own family are soon to be returning to live in Ulverston and with the help of Will, my Mum and Garry, will help me bring my son up in this big hearted town that his granddad loved and cared for so much.”

The 17-year-old has been bailed until 4 April 2012 pending further inquiries.

Garry Tyson was taken to Furness General Hospital by ambulance and released after treatment.

The police are appealing for witnesses to the collision who are asked to contact PC Simon Tunstall at Ulverston Roads Policing Unit on 101.

Have your say

I knew George when we were at College together, way way back.

I am shocked to hear of his death and my condolences go out to his family in this sad, horrific occasion.

RIP George

Terence Coupe
From the 1960's College of Further Education.

Posted by Terence Coupe on 24 October 2012 at 21:37

Blimey, I hope that when I 'pop off' my friends don't leave a tribute saying that I was wonderful but a bit difficult! (I probably am, but I'd like to think they wouldn't mention it!). Melanie's words are a credit to her parents who have clearly raised two amazing children. I am deeply touched by her sincere and heartfelt tribute and, although I did not know George I have unending respect for him and I am sure he would be incredibly proud of her.

Posted by Jenny on 26 January 2012 at 16:38

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