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Poignant tribute to tragedy port worker

PUBLISHED: 12:21 17 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:40 03 March 2010

"TO dad, I love you".

The poignant and simple message on a drawing from a heartbroken child today sits alongside sprays of flowers as a family still grieving mark the first anniversary of the death of portworker Kevin Cuckow.

"TO dad, I love you".

The poignant and simple message on a drawing from a heartbroken child today sits alongside sprays of flowers as a family still grieving mark the first anniversary of the death of portworker Kevin Cuckow.

His relatives and friends gathered together privately one year on from the tragic accident in which Mr Cuckow was killed.

They have dedicated a bench at the Viewing Area at Felixstowe – alongside the container terminal where the father-of-three worked – with a brass plaque placed on it in his memory.

The bench looks out into the harbour where the massive ships arrive for unloading and loading by his old colleagues and onto the quaysides where he was learning his new job.

Today flowers with messages of love adorned the bench, where the family had gathered for a time together.

Mr Cuckow, 32, of Dover Road, Ipswich, died just hours after suffering head injuries in an horrific accident at Felixstowe Port in October last year.

He became trapped between a cage and a container over a ship while he was being trained. An inquest jury returned a verdict of accidental death.

Mr Cuckow left a widow Lorraine, and three children, Calum, six, Bethany, five, and Jerrica , two.

Family said Mr Cuckow was a devoted dad and loved his children dearly. He had many friends and would do anything for anybody – happy if he was making other people happy.

He had only been working at the port for two weeks and had taken on a job there to forge a better life for his family.

Previously he had been employed by Schlumberger in Felixstowe for around five years. Before that he worked as a van driver at Hadleigh-based Cookson and Zinn with his father David.

Kevin had also worked part time at Perfect Pizza in Felixstowe Road, Ipswich.

The family said after the inquest this summer that it was suing Felixstowe Port for compensation.

The accident is also still the subject of a health and safety investigation and the port and its legal representatives and those of the family have been waiting for a report to be completed into issues surrounding the incident.

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