Family pay tribute to milkman accident victim
THE family of a well-known milkman who died after his van hit a rail viaduct last week have paid tribute to a hard-working, loyal and caring man at the centre of their world. Andy Ellis, who was 43, of Chaucer Way, Hitchin, died in the early hours of Wed
THE family of a well-known milkman who died after his van hit a rail viaduct last week have paid tribute to a hard-working, loyal and caring man at the centre of their world.
Andy Ellis, who was 43, of Chaucer Way, Hitchin, died in the early hours of Wednesday morning after the accident in Welwyn GC on Tuesday night.
He leaves his wife, Yvonne and three sons Connor, 13, Callum, 16 and Jamie, 18.
A former pupil of Strathmore, Wilshere Dacre and Bessemer schools in Hitchin, Andy was known to many people in the town through his milk round and support of Hitchin Town Football Club.
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"He was very popular in the local area and some of his customers who didn't even like milk were known to continue receiving milk from Andy just because they liked him so much!" Yvonne said.
"He worked extremely hard and really only ever had one day off a week. He was also dedicated to his customers and was known to be out in all weathers. Even in the heavy snow last February, Andy was out making sure his customers had their milk.
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She added: "Andy was my world. This tragic accident has left a big hole in our lives and he will be so deeply missed."
Andy's elder sister, Sue, said: "Andy was a man that I was very proud to have been able to call my brother. There are no words to express our sorrow in losing him. He was a true and loyal friend to us and all of those who knew him."
Andy's mother-in law, Barbara, said: "Andy was a fantastic son-in law, a real gem, and he was especially supportive to me when my husband passed away.
She said the family would like to thank all those who have given them their support on the Hitchin Town FC website. "It is very comforting to see how well he was liked and respected by the local community," she said.
As a mark of that respect, a minute silence will be held at Top Field before Hitchin's home game tonight.
The funeral will be held next Tuesday at Luton Crematorium at noon.
The hearse will leave Chaucer Way at 11.15am and travel through Burford Way, Westmill Road and Redhill Road before it makes its way to the crematorium. The family would like to welcome anyone who wishes to pay their respects to Andy as he makes his last round through the streets of Hitchin.
The family have requested that only close friends and family send flowers. If anyone wishes to make a contribution in Andy's name, donations should be made to the Garden House Hospice in memory of his mother Jean Ellis through Chenery's funeral directors in Hitchin.