Heartfelt tributes paid to ‘caring’ Hasland dad who died in serious road crash

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Heartfelt tributes have been paid to a “caring” dad-of-two who died in a serious crash on a road near Chesterfield.

At about 5.30pm on Sunday, June 7, a blue Suzuki car and a 46-year-old pedal cyclist collided on the B6039 Chesterfield Road at Hardstoft.

The cyclist, John Robinson, of York Street, Hasland, suffered fatal injuries.

Mr Robinson leaves a partner and two young children.

Writing in an online book of condolence opened by the Derbyshire Times last week, family member Terri Hammond said: “John was a kind, caring man and great father. He was loved by many.”

Life-long friend Gary Proffitt said: “We grew up together and shared so many good times regardless of how far apart we were. We had the ability to carry on conversations that started weeks, months or even years before – as though we had never been apart. He was a true friend and I am a better person because of him.”

Jo Yates said: “John was a genuine, salt of the earth guy. He touched so many people’s hearts in so many different ways.”

Claire D’Arcy said: “I was privileged to enjoy a 25-year friendship with John from university onwards. I desperately wanted another 25 – and more. He has left a gap in my life that will never be filled.”

Mr Robinson was membership and communications manager at the Chesterfield-based charity Association for Real Change (ARC).

His colleague Anthea Sully said: “John had worked for ARC for 16 years and in that time was known and loved by the many people who came into contact with him. We are a small team at ARC and over the years John undertook many roles within the organisation, always bringing his gentle, dedicated approach as well as a clear vision of what ARC could achieve to make a difference. We have already had many lovely messages from throughout the ARC community expressing the deep sense of loss people are feeling at the early death of such a special person. We are trying to come to terms with losing a deeply loved colleague and friend but our thoughts are especially with John’s partner and their two young sons.”

Hilary Redmond added: “John was such a kind, caring guy but also a great friend and work colleague. We used to have some right laughs and spent many an hour putting the world to rights. I am truly honoured to have had him as a friend and will miss him deeply. Heaven has definitely gained one hell of an angel. Rest in peace John.”

Mr Robinson’s inquest was opened and adjourned at Chesterfield coroners’ court on Tuesday.

A spokesman for Derbyshire police said: “This was a serious road traffic collision.”

Officers say the 86-year-old driver of the Suzuki, of Clay Cross, was voluntarily interviewed later by officers.

Witnesses to the crash should call police on 101.