Tributes paid to popular dad who died following incident at industrial estate

Tributes have been paid to a popular dad who died following an incident at an industrial estate in Oldham. The 60-year-old has been named as Ian Dawson. From Oldham, he is understood to have most recently lived in Rochdale with his partner.

He leaves behind a daughter. Facebook has been flooded with tributes to Mr Dawson, including on the Oldham-based Collettes Dance Troupe page. Mr Dawson was a former volunteer and supporter.

He trained the tots group and helped with music at shows. He was a popular and much-loved former member of the Collettes community. Organiser and friend Gary Melia, 32, told the Manchester Evening News : “He brought his daughter to become a dancer when she was younger.

“He was just one of those guys, he really got stuck in and made friends really quickly.

Police at the scene

“We rely on volunteers. He was one of our best. “He was really helpful.

He was a bridge good bridge between the parents and the club. His people skills were brilliant. “He was a good bloke.

It’s terrible what happened.”

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Tributes paid to popular dad who died following incident at industrial estate

Get the latest updates from across Greater Manchester direct to your inbox with the free MEN newsletter You can sign up very simply by following the instructions here Mr Dawson was taken to hospital after two vehicles crashed at Woodstock Business Park on Meek Street in Royton at 5.30am on Thursday, November 19.

He later died from his injuries. Several police vehicles were pictured at the scene of the incident. The focus of the investigation appeared to be a forklift truck, which had flipped onto its side at Chorlton Express Transport.

The logistics company declined to comment. A joint investigation has been launched by Greater Manchester Police and the Health and Safety Executive. Rochdale Coroners’ Court said a file had been received regarding Mr Dawson’s death.

An inquest will be scheduled in due course.

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Members of the Collettes have paid tribute to Mr Dawson on Facebook. A post on the group’s Facebook page read: “It is with a heavy heart that we write this status. “Tragically, we learned today of an accident which has devastatingly took the life of our former tots trainer and forever supporter Ian Dawson.

“Ian was such a fantastic person to have in our troupe. He was such a committed supporter, whose commitment led him to become our music man and tots trainer. “He was bloody good at it too!

Ian was always there to cheer all the girls on, always there at every fundraising event and was always coming up with ideas on how to make the troupe better. “Although Ian wasn’t a regular in recent years, he always remained a loyal supporter of the Collettes and would show his support when he could at local competitions. “Ian will be missed by so many.

Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to all of Ian’s family, especially his daughter. “RIP Ian – gone way to soon, never forgotten. All your friends at Collettes.”

Kimberley Foy told the M.E.N: “He was such a lovely and genuine person. “Ian was a big Liverpool supporter, like myself, so this was always something we would chat about at troupe. “Ian always believed in us Collettes and supported us through good and bad times.

He made us all feel we were the best, no matter what. “He was so convinced we had won a dance off in 2012, he would have bet anything on it. He was a calming face.

“He was a friend who helped me through some big moments in my life.

“That I will never forget.”

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