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Family tribute after fatal collision on A37

The family of a man who tragically died on the A37 following a fatal collision have paid tribute to him.

John Gordon, aged 60 and from Stratton near Dorchester, sadly died when he was in collision with a white Mini Cooper, being driven by a 21-year-old Yeovil man at around 10.22pm on Tuesday 17 November 2015. The incident happened 100 metres east of the junction to Bradford Peverell.

His wife Theresa Gordon paid tribute to her husband. She said: “My son Alex and I would like to thank everyone for their genuine support and care shown to us, after the tragic road accident in which our dear husband and father, John Gordon died.

“Thank you to the emergency services, police and people who stopped to help. Also thank you to the community at large in Stratton and Dorchester, and members of our church, Bridport Christian Fellowship.

“John was an amazing man of God, who trusted in and loved the Lord Jesus. He is safe in the Lord’s hands now. We are so sad to lose him, we love him, he is irreplaceable.”

Alex added: “My Dad was more than I could ask for. He gave me everything I need and helped me with my future at university. Every so often we would both watch Macclesfield play football, and he supported them for years and we both loved getting involved with the atmosphere there.

“He has been an inspiration to so many people through both teaching at college and at church. He was the most honest and calm man I’ve ever met. He died doing the sport he enjoyed doing most, which was running. Thank you, Dad, for giving Mum and I the happiest memories, and your uniqueness has inspired me to be myself.”

Officers are renewing their appeal for witnesses and anyone who may have seen the collision should contact Police Constable Fern Graham, in confidence, on 101.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101, quoting incident number 17:437. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

Issued: 24 November 2015

John Gordon