Heartbroken children of HGV driver who died in lorry crush 'still say good morning and good night to him' every day

The heartbroken daughters of a man crushed to death by a lorry still ‘say good morning and good night to him’ every day, their mum said. Lee Warburton, 53, died in the incident near a loading bay at a Manchester city centre skyscraper on New York Street on February 19. It is understood he was acting as a banksman, guiding in the delivery vehicle, at the time.

The ‘wonderful dad’, from Stockport, leaves behind three children – Tom Jones, 25, from a previous relationship, Katie Warburton, 10 and Amy Warburton, 9. Speaking on behalf of the children, with eldest Tom’s consent, Lee’s ex-partner Hayley Tomlinson said he ‘lived for his kids’, and that they have all been left devastated by his death. She said Tom thinks about him constantly and remembers the good times they spent together.

He was planning to buy a tortoise with his daughter a week after he died. “Everything in his life was about his kids. He did all sorts with them.

“He worked hard to ensure they had everything they wanted.

Lee Warburton was a dedicated family man.

“They would do anything for him to be here. They want to tell him how much they love him and are missing him. They were very close to him.

They were very lucky, he was very lucky. “They say good morning and good night to him every day. It’s just been a constant whirlwind.

Katie has one of his shirts, she’s worn it for the last four days.” “Lee was always organising trips, walks, and scooter rides with his loved ones. “We went to Zante in Greece.

We used to take Tom down to Reddish Vale and to the circus. He used to take Amy out to Manchester. “He was very much into Lego.

He would make camper vans and submarines. He was part of a scooter group and Amy used to go on the scooter a lot with him. He used to take Tom to fairs.

He was a very kind hearted man,” Hayley said. He was ‘funny and cheeky’, and had a ‘very sweet side as well’, the 34-year-old, who works at Metro Taxis, said. “He was just a happy go lucky kind of guy.

He had a really quirky sense of humour.”

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The driver was into history and loved collecting old bikes. He was a member of Northern Templars Scooter Club. Lee was a ‘massive’ Manchester City fan and loved music.

He was a fan of The Clash, Elvis and The Macc Lads. He used to go out to Northern Soul nights before his children were born. The 53-year-old was born in Brinnington in Stockport and moved to Macclesfield in the early 1990s.

He worked as a postman for many years and was part of a ‘close knit community’ of friends through his work.

Heartbroken children of HGV driver who died in lorry crush 'still say good morning and good night to him' every dayLee Warburton as a young child.

He then moved to Edgeley and then Offerton. He has been a HGV driver since around 2003, and got his latest driving job last March. In tribute to their dad, Lee’s children set off balloons on the day of his birthday.

They also went to Build-A-Bear to make little toy replicas of him. “It’s just heartbreaking. You don’t want your children to have to go through that”, Hayley said.

An inquest into Mr Warburton’s death was opened on March 21 and has been adjourned until a later date this year.

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1 Response

  1. Tom Clarke Tom Clarke says:

    Brings it home to you, yet still paid a pittance

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