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Tributes paid to Silsden lorry driver Trevor Kitchingman
8:00am Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
The wife of a Silsden lorry driver killed in a crash on the M6 on Friday has paid a heartfelt tribute, describing him as a gentle giant.
Trevor Kitchingman, 42, died after his articulated heavy goods vehicle, which was carrying livestock, was involved in a collision with a second heavy goods vehicle on the motorway south of Southwaite.
He had been due to return home after he had delivered his load of cattle, several of which had to be put down at the scene.
His wife, Kath, said he had been the most precious person in her life.
“Trevor was a very proud man with a massive heart. I loved him with all my heart and soul. I couldn’t love him more. I cannot believe he has been taken from this world. Trevor had a massive, expanding heart of gold. He would help anyone with anything and nothing was too much trouble to him. He loved the outdoor life and the fresh air of the country. He was a very much loved gentle giant.
“Trevor loved working with livestock. He always said he would one day like a farm of his own. He also said he would one day own a Range Rover. He got the next best thing to that which was his Discovery III.
“The last time I spoke to Trevor was about half an hour before his accident. He was at Lockerbie Truck Stop on his break and had had his tea. I still wait for his phone call, his text, the twinkly glint in his happy smiling eyes and that cheeky smile of his. He was always happy. I long for his ‘Hello Darling’ as I answer the telephone to him but most of all the great big reassuring cuddles he gave from those strong manly arms.
“The feeling is surreal that I won’t ever see him, touch him, smell him, hold him or hear him again.”
Mr Kitchingman also leaves behind two children, Kristeena Mae and Karl, whom he loved like his own.
Kristeena said: “He made my life special and made me feel like daddy’s girl. No-one will ever measure up to him and the love that he gave to me. He’s forever in my heart and I miss him so much it hurts.”
Mr Kitchingman had been a driver for Longthorne Bros Livestock Transportation, of Hebden, for eight years.
His boss, Mark Longthorne, said: "He was one of the very best, he was the salt of the earth. No one could say a thing wrong about him. He'd do anything for anyone. He was a super fella, much loved and much missed. He had two passions in life - his lorries and his family."
He also leaves behind his mother Margaret and siblings Jim, Sarah, David, Kate and Lorna and their respective families.
Police are investigating the circumstances of the collision – which occurred at 11.10pm – and are appealing for witnesses to contact PC Andy Ivison at Cumbria Police’s roads policing unit on 101.
The other driver, a 34-year-old man, escaped unhurt.