Lancaster man who died near Kendal ‘always put others before himself’

Tragic: David Bebbington
Tragic: David Bebbington

The family of a Lancaster man who died in a road incident near Kendal paid an emotional tribute to him today.

David Neil Bebbington, 40, of Steward Avenue in the city, died on Sunday night at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

His yellow Toyota MR2 was the only vehicle involved in a collision on the A591 Kendal Bypass near Shenstone at around 9.10pm.

Mr Bebbington was rushed to hospital after initially being treated at the scene.

Describing his life and personality, his family said in a statement today: “Born in Lancaster in 1973, David was the younger child of Chris and Rob, brother to Janine.

“He attended Moorside Primary and Ripley St Thomas High School.

“He was manager of Motor Mania but in his late 20s he returned to education to retrain at Blackpool College, where he qualified as an Information Systems Technician.

“He formed Bebbgee Computing and subsequently set up shop on Bowerham Road in Lancaster.

“His shop not only offered customer support, Dave’s doors were always open for a brew and a natter to friends and customers alike.

“In 2008 he became IT and Communications Manager for CME McKinley of Blackpool.

“He loved entertaining people. He was a showman.

“As a boy he was a member of the Lancaster Priory Choir followed by performances with LADOS and throughout his adult life he fronted a number of bands across North Lancashire, most notably Gruffalo’s Child and Midlife Crisis with his work colleagues.

“David was well known throughout the district.

“He was a friend to many people and had a reputation for always putting others before himself – indeed, very recently, he had put up a notice at work to invite anyone who would be alone at Christmas to spend the day with him and his family.

“His offer had been taken up by many people! This generosity of spirit was typical and earned the love and respect of many around him.

“David is survived by both parents, sister and his children, Joe aged 20 and Robyn aged 16.

“Funeral arrangements are still to be confirmed.

“However, please wear something purple and/or yellow – his favourite colours – that would make him smile.”

Cumbria Police are continuing to investigate the collision.

Witnesses are asked to contact PC Marc Holmes at the Kendal Roads Policing Unit on 101.