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Family pays tribute to dad killed in accident

A SON has paid tribute to his “loving and thoughtful” dad who died following an accident at a Barrow industrial estate.

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SAD LOSS: Andy Bowes, father of three, who died on Monday

Andy Bowes died at Furness General Hospital following the incident at Meeting Industrial Estate in Park Road on Monday afternoon.

Police said the 37-year-old, of Mill Bank in Ormsgill, was involved in an incident in which a steel unit, which was being lifted by a crane, appears to have fallen.

Mr Bowes leaves behind his wife Cheryl and three children; Liam, 16, Joshua, four, and Alicia, seven months.

Liam said: “You were both a caring and comical father.

“I will miss the days you had me in hysterics over such silly things.

“You were the most loving, thoughtful person I’ve come to know.

“Judging by your Facebook wall, everybody else seems to think so, too.

“You were an easy-going father to your four-year-old son Joshua – or, as you would call him, your ‘handsome boy’.

“Finally, after all these years, you got your princess Alicia Grace who is only seven months old. RIP dad, we will always remember all the fun times we had together and we love you.”

Mr Bowes’ widow Cheryl said: “Nineteen years together, my love for you will always live on. Love from your loving wife.”

Retired Barrow newsagent Joe Wardman played bowls with Mr Bowes for a number of years at the Salthouse Newdale club.

Mr Wardman said: “He was a lively and jovial character.

“I’m chair of the bowling league and the club he bowled for, we are all very saddened.

“He’ll be sadly missed. Our thoughts and sympathies go to his family. I was devastated when I heard.”

Ian Newby, of Risedale Road, Barrow, also played alongside Mr Bowes at the bowling club.

Mr Newby said: “It’s unbelievable. He was a grand lad, it’s such a shame, we will all miss him.

“He played with us for between 10 and 15 years. We just can’t believe what’s happened.

“His dad Bill, who used to have the Cemetery Cottages club, also played bowls. We’ll all miss Andy.”

Mr Bowes worked in the sales department at the former Barrow-based radio station, Abbey FM.

Bill Clark, a radio presenter who worked with Mr Bowes at the station in 2008, said: “All of the staff worked well together as a team and Andy will be sadly missed by the team at Abbey FM.”

A second man, aged 31, was also injured and was taken to FGH with non-life threatening injuries.

The Health and Safety Executive and Cumbria police have launched investigations.

Detective Chief Inspector Bob Qazi said: “We are making extensive inquiries to establish the exact circumstances that have resulted in this tragic event and are working with the Health and Safety Executive.

“We have specially trained officers supporting the family of Mr Bowes at this time.”

Have your say

I have been so shocked to hear this sad news.I worked with Andy for a few years and spent some good times in Barrow during these times, having a few beers and lots of laughs.My thoughts obviously go out to Cheryl and the kids, and all his family and friends.Look after them all from up above as you did in life.R.I.P Andy

Posted by Jenks on 16 March 2012 at 18:42

my uncle andy, was a great man,he would always have something good to say about someone,and never ever failed to make me smile/laugh,i am so proud of the things he has acheived in his life,and when i see him in the paper i just want to hug him,theese times without him,to hold me and tell me it'll all be okay will be the hardest,because he's not here,R.I.P uncle andy,i love you,your forever in my heart,i'll see you again one day,just promise me one thing..you'll never forget me,and i'll always remember,you never know what you've got untill its gone:(

Posted by brogan bowes on 16 March 2012 at 10:33

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