Tributes to Doncaster dad who dies after punching car window

Carl Thorpe pictured with partner Shelly Sockett and below with his children.

Carl Thorpe pictured with partner Shelly Sockett and below with his children.


The partner of a young dad who died after punching a car window has paid tribute to the man who was ‘everything’ to her.

Carl Thorpe’s partner of 10 years was awoken by by a phone call from Police at 4am telling her she needed to get to Doncaster Royal Infirmary ‘urgently’ to see the 27-year-old, but he died before she could get there.

Now Shelly Sockett who is also mum to Carl’s three children - Leighton, seven, five-year-old Freya and 
Jaxon, three - has paid 
tribute the the ‘proud dad’ who always went out of his way for his children.

Shelly, 34, of Alfred Road, Askern, said: “He was really proud of all of his kids. He was always saying ‘I know they’re my kids but they’re really good-looking’. He was never too busy for the kids, and was always doing stuff with them.

“He worshipped the ground I walked on, I couldn’t have wished for anyone better. He was everything to me, I feel lost without him.”

Shelley told the Free Press how Carl was showing pictures of her to people in the pub on the night he died, telling them how he lucky he was to be with someone like her.

She added: “I don’t believe in fate but I feel it was ironic that he was saying all of that to people on the last night he was alive. He was also telling everyone what a good mum I am, which gives me a bit of comfort.

“The way everyone in the village has reacted has been overwhelming. It just goes to show how loved he was, and how many people respected him.

“He had a really good reputation and I think everyone round here knows the kind person he was.”

Carl was on his way home from a night out when the incident happened in Instone Terrace, Askern, on July 20.

South Yorkshire Police confirmed that he died after suffering a serious bleed from an extremely deep cut to his arm.

Commenting on the Free Press website, Mrs Bilton, the owner of the car Carl punched, said: “As the owner of the car involved in this tragic incident I would like to put a stop to anyone who has got a bad word to say about this whole situation!

“Having known of Carl since is was a young en there’s no way I would even dream of asking for funds to repair a broken window. This is tragic enough for his whole family”

People in Askern have helped to raise over £4,000 for Carl’s family through a memorial fundraising event at Askern Miners’ Welfare Club which was organised by family friend Kirby Hennigan, of Halford Road, Askern, who thanked everyone for their support.

Carl’s funeral will be held on Monday at Askern St Peter’s Church at 10.45am, followed by a servuce at Rose Hill Crematorium at midday. His wake will be held at Askern Miners’ Welafre Club from 1pm.




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