Tributes paid to Jim McFarlane who died two days after crash

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THE family of an 80-year-old man who died after a crash have described how his death has left a hole in their lives.

Jim McFarlane, of Barrow, was driving a silver Peugeot 206 when it collided with a blue Ford Galaxy near Stretton.

The crash happened in Stretton Road, near the slip road off the A1 northbound at about 5.15pm on Friday last week.

Mr McFarlane was taken by air ambulance to Peterborough City Hospital, but died on Sunday. The driver of the Ford was not injured.

Mr McFarlane leaves wife Barbara, 76, children Debbie Dalby, 52, Ian, 51, and Kip, 47, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Debbie, of Grantham, said: “It has been a shock and a huge hole has been left in our lives.

“We wake up every morning knowing it was not just a bad dream.

“He has always been supportive. He hated hospitals but was always the first one there if something happened. He was a proper dad.”

Mrs McFarlane said: “We met at the RAF base in Cottesmore. Jim was there building the houses and I grew up in Cottesmore.

“He was from Glasgow, Scotland, originally.”

The couple were married in Cottesmore in 1958 and lived in Barrow ever since.

Mr McFarlane worked for Elmec Systems as a plumber for a short time where he is remembered as always carrying a bag of pear drops. He was later self-employed and was well known in the area.

He has been described as a family man who could always be relied on to help.

Mrs McFarlane said: “He loved going on holidays and we travelled to Scotland, Cornwall, Blackpool and Devon.

“We used to travel with all the family.”

Mr McFarlane also loved darts and used to play for Market Overton. He also enjoyed wildlife, shooting and fishing and most of all, being out in the countryside.

Debbie said: “He also loved anything mechanical or gadgets. He was a true Scotsman to the end – always looking for a bargain.

“He always looked after mum.”

The funeral will be held on Wednesday at 2pm in St Nicholas Church, Cottesmore, A collection will be held in aid of the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance.

Mrs McFarlane, who was a passenger in the Peugeot and had minor injuries from the crash, praised the air ambulance. She said: “They were wonderful.”

Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash.

Det Con Adam Sparrow said: “The Peugeot was travelling along the slip road from the A1 towards Stretton Road and the Ford was travelling along Stretton Road towards Oakham when the collision occurred.

“We would urge anyone who witnessed the collision or saw either vehicle beforehand, in particular the Peugeot travelling north along the A1 before the collision, to please contact police.”

If you have any information call police on 101, using officer identification number 1210.