Tributes flood in for tragic father-of-two

David Staley, who was killed in road accident on October 29.
David Staley, who was killed in road accident on October 29.

TRIBUTES to a 25-year-old dad-of-two who was killed in a road accident have been flooding into the home of his grief-stricken family.

David Staley was killed while riding a Vespa scooter home along Derby Road in Ripley at 9pm on Saturday, October 29, when he was in collision with a car.

His parents’ home has been inundated with cards, bouquets and messages paying tribute to a much-loved and generous man, nicknamed Dobby, who would go out of his way to help people.

Mum Tracey, 45, said: “It didn’t matter where he was – if you rang him he was straight there – no messing.”

Sister Zoey, 23, added: “He was lovely. He used to walk me home with all my shopping - there were no quibbles.”

His family are now struggling to come to terms with their loss - but have been amazed by the support they have received from family and friends. David was killed not far from the family home. Dad Simon, 47, said: “I got a call at about 9.20. I came out and saw a mass of blue lights. I ran down and tried to get to him but the police wouldn’t let me.” The family want to thank Sam Loi, co-owner of the Derby Road Fish Bar, who comforted David before the ambulance arrived and kept him warm with a blanket.

A Facebook page was set up on Saturday and has already attracted 74 members. Brother Dan, 21, joked: “He was my role model. He made the mistakes and I avoided them!”

The family are also appealing for help to find a silver chain that David was wearing. They believe it may have been lost at the scene of the accident. If you can help please call 01773 838941.

Amongs the cards received by the family was a thank you note from two friends that David put up when they had nowhere else to go. It reads: “David had a huge heart and always wanted to help others. He came to our aid when we had nowhere to live. The world has lost a true mate.”

“That sums it up,” said Simon.

David leaves behind two children, Faith, aged seven, and Ryan, aged five. David’s brother Martin died 24 years ago when he was very young. David will be buried next to him at Ripley Cemetery at 12pm on Friday.