Tributes paid to popular County Durham grandfather who died in road crash

Terry Miskell
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Tributes have been paid to a 'loving family man' who died after being hit by a lorry in County Durham.

Pedestrian, Terry Miskell, died in hospital on September 11, following the collision near the entrance road to Beamish Museum at 11.40am on September 8.

Mr Miskell, 82, who lived in Beamish, is survived by his wife Margaret, daughter Jane, son Simon, three grandsons, and younger brother Derek.

The family issued a statement through Durham Police, saying: "Terry was a loving, family man. He was always very caring and positive.

“We are struggling to come to terms with our loss, but holding on to the many happy memories we made together.

“We thank everyone for their kind words over the last few days and these have offered some comfort at this very difficult time.”

At the age of 15, Mr Miskell went to work down the mines, but a more academic career beckoned and he spent more than 20 years as a senior lecturer in engineering at Northumbria University.

A highly-regarded figure, he was voted most popular lecturer by students for three years running.

Keen to continue his own learning, Mr Miskell went on to complete his Master of Science Degree at Manchester University.

After retiring at the age of 62, he dedicated more of his time to his family and many hobbies, he enjoyed crosswords, golf, gardening and going on cruise ship holidays.

In his younger days, he was a keen cyclist and was a member of the Stanley Clarion Cycling Club.

On the day of the crash, Mr Miskell was returning home, having been to the shops in Pelton to buy a newspaper, when the collision happened.

Police are keen to trace anyone who may have seen the incident or either Mr Miskell or the white- coloured HGV prior to the collision. Officers have spoken to the HGV driver.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting incident number 139 of September 8.