Tributes to popular Northumbria University lecturer who died after being hit by HGV

The family of a popular university lecturer have paid tribute to him after he was fatally injured in a crash. Grandfather-of-three Terry Miskell was walking near Beamish Museum on Friday, September 8 when he was hit by a HGV. The 82-year-old was taken from the A693 to hospital but he sadly died a few days later on Monday, September 11.

Mr Miskell, from Beamish[1] , is survived by his wife Margaret, daughter Jane, son Simon, three grandsons, and younger brother Derek. His family said in a statement: “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.” Mr Miskell started his working life at 15 down the mines.

However, he later spent more than 20 years as a senior lecturer in operations management and engineering at Northumbria University[2] . A highly-regarded figure at the university, he was voted most popular lecturer by students for three years running. Mr Miskell later 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 beloved family and many hobbies. He enjoyed crosswords, golf, gardening and going on cruise ship holidays.

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In his younger days, he was a keen cyclist and was a member of the Stanley Clarion Cycling Club. Mr Miskell was returning home, having been to the shops in Pelton to buy a newspaper, when the collision happened at 11.40am.

Police are keen to trace anyone who may have seen the collision, Mr Miskell or the white lorry.

Officers have already spoken to the driver.

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

References

  1. ^ Beamish (www.chroniclelive.co.uk)
  2. ^ Northumbria University (www.chroniclelive.co.uk)

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