Tesco worker killed in Catterick accident

The collision occurred on Range Road near the sports stadium.

Police have named a man killed in a road accident in Catterick Garrison.

Richard Birks, 68, died when the silver Daihatsu Terios he was driving collided with a Citroen Van.

The 34-year-old male driver of the Citroen van and his 12 year-old male passenger were in shock but did not sustain any injuries.

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Mr Birks, from Arkengarthdale, worked at Tesco in Catterick Garrison.

He was a well-known and popular figure in the store, who worked on the tills and wore distinctive braces.

The supermarket has posted a tribute on its Facebook page saying thst staff ha dlost a “beloved colleague and friend”.

 

Tesco paid tribute to Mr Birks on its Facebook page.

His family said in a statement: “Richard has left behind his wife, three sons, a stepdaughter and three grandchildren.

“An extremely kind and loving father. He was incredibly proud of his family and the family of him.

“With a background in graphic design he had a love of art and music. A wonderful cook and a funny, gentle man.

“The family are devastated at the tragic loss of such an important part of our lives and so grateful to all the support received.

“Our thoughts are with the others who were involved in the accident and we’re grateful as always to the vital emergency services who responded.

“We are blown away by the kindness expressed by the community at his sudden passing.”

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said: “We’re now able to confirm that the man who died following the collision in Catterick Garrison on December 29 is Richard Birks.

“Mr Birks was 68 and from the Richmondshire area.”

Police are investigating the cause of the accident ahead of an inquest into the death.

Mr Birks’ funeral will take place at 1.30pm on Saturday at St Mary’s Church in Langthwaite.

 

3 Comments

  1. So very sad I was served by this lovely gentleman on a number of occasions . Condolences to his family

  2. so sorry to read this, I do remember this man on the tills at Tesco, he was always friendy and helpful

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