TRIBUTES have been paid to a ‘loving husband’ and ‘gentleman’ aged 94, who died after his bike collided with a car.
John Wilson Winter died two days after his electrically-assisted pedal cycle was involved in the crash with a Seat Ibiza in Crowle.
Family and friends have spoken of their love for the popular pensioner who was also known as Jack.
His wife Sadie described her husband of 64 years as a “loving husband and uncle and despite his age, an active gentleman.” Mrs Winter is being comforted by relatives who have received dozens of card from well-wishers.
The couple’s nephew, Dave Turner, said: “Jack was a well-known figure about the village. Sadie has received about 50 cards of condolence and reading all the messages is giving her some comfort.
“We are trying to sort everything out, including details of where my uncle worked earlier in his life. He served in the Army for about seven years, we know, and five of those were served in India.”
Mr Winter grew up in Crowle, and latterly lived in Bowling Green Road.
Friend John Belton, of Cranridge Close, said how the pair would meet up daily at the supermarket to buy their papers.
The 70-year-old added: “Jack would come up on his electric bike, we’d say good morning, then Jack would lick his thumb, dab it on the lapel of his yellow safety coat and say ‘that’s another one then’ - indicating that he’d made another day.
“Jack was a part of Crowle. He was so active for his age. He was his own man, a good man, and someone not capable of hurting a soul.”
Mr Belton’s wife Christine said: “The road accident took place just as the kids were coming home from school. My grandson told me about it and you immediately wonder if it’s someone you know. But I never thought of Jack. It was such a shock when we found out.”
Geoff and Carol Wressle of Windsor Road said Mr Winter was “more than a friend.”
Mr Wressle said: “In my mind people like Jack Winter should not die. Its unthinkable.”
The two were friends from being small and lived across the road from each other when Mr Winter had a smallholding in the Crowle.
He kept pigeons, and was one of a group of pigeon fanciers who would meet regularly at the White Hart pub, said Mr Wressle.
He added: “Jack had a sense of humour but he kept his opinion to himself unless asked for it.
“He loved gardening and the outdoors, and would help anyone at any time.”
The collision happened in High Street on Tuesday, November 6. Mr Winter died in Scunthorpe Hospital two days later.
Mr Winter’s funeral was due to take place today at St Oswald’s Church, Crowle, followed by cremation in Woodlands.
Anyone who witnessed the collision or who might be able to help Humberside Police with its inquiry should telephone 101 quoting log 367 of November 6.