Family pay tribute to Ipswich granddad Douglas Skinner who died after cherry-picker and lorry collision in Felixstowe

The East Anglian Air Ambulance attended the scene

The East Anglian Air Ambulance attended the scene - Credit: Archant

The family of an Ipswich granddad who died after a collision involving a cherry-picker and a lorry have paid tribute to him.

Douglas Skinner, 67, of Chesterton Close, was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge with life-threatening injuries after the collision in Walton Avenue, Felixstowe on January 23.

He died two days later.

Mr Skinner is believed to have fallen from the cherry-picker, police have confirmed.

The family statement said: “The family of Mr Douglas Skinner have today paid tribute to a kind caring and loving husband, father and granddad.

“Mr Skinner leaves wife Glenda, daughters Nicola and Victoria and son Craig along with five grandchildren.

“At the time of his death Mr Skinner was working at SPR Trailers Ltd in Walton Avenue Felixstowe, where he was employed as a trailer fitter.

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“Following the collision Mr Skinner was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital with life threatening injuries. He sadly passed away on Sunday, January 25.

“The family made the selfless decision to allow organ donation to take place; both kidneys and liver were donated.

“It is the family’s hope that in their tragic loss another person’s life will be saved.

“Glenda and Douglas were married for 44 years. Douglas was a keen fisherman and together they enjoyed gardening and drives out into the countryside, but most of all being together as a family.

“Douglas was always keen to help others and was a friend to many. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

“The family would like to thank the doctors at Addenbrooke’s, the air ambulance and paramedics who attended the scene of the collision and all that have sent cards and flowers at this difficult time.”

A joint investigation into the collision is being held by Suffolk Constabulary and the Health and Safety Executive.

Anyone with information is asked to call the serious collision investigation team on 101.