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Family pay tribute to ‘great young man’ killed in Cofton car crash

Posted on November 10 2011 at 12:19:24

James Ansell, aged 31

The family of a man killed in a car crash in Cofton Hackett have told of their “terrible shock” and paid tribute to “a great young man”.

Father-of-two James Ansell was described as a caring and big hearted man who would be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Mr Ansell, aged 31, of Barnt Green Road, Cofton Hackett, died when the blue Peugeot 206 he was driving was in collision with an orange Volkswagen Beetle in Kendal End Road at about 11.05pm last Friday.

A tribute to him was issued by his parents Bob and Vicki, who he lived with, and his sister Kate, who said: “James was a loving, caring son, brother, father, uncle and friend to many. He was a great young man who will be sorely missed by all and remembered forever.”

Mr Ansell, who is also survived by an 11-year-old daughter and five-year-old son, had spent most of his life living in Barnt Green.

There are extended family living in Bromsgrove, Redditch, Birmingham, France and Canada. Along with his sister he attended St Andrew’s First School and St John’s Middle School in Bromsgrove, then South Bromsgrove High School.

Mr Ansell was a market trader who sold leather goods at markets throughout the Midlands including Kidderminster and Donington, Nottingham. He also traded at markets in Somerset and North Devon during the summer months.

His sister said: “He could sell ice to the Eskimos and was always full of banter. But as well as being fun loving and a bit of a practical joker he had a very caring nature and a big heart.”

She said that when he was younger he had been interested in pastimes such as uni-cycling and juggling. He had developed a passion for the outdoors and travelling, reflected in his choice of career.

She added: “We were only one year apart at school and he was a brilliant brother. He became an uncle when my daughter was born only 11 weeks ago and his death has come as a terrible shock. We are all devastated.”

West Mercia Police are still appealing for witnesses to the collision and anyone with information should call officers on 0300 333 3000, quoting incident reference 780-S-041111. 

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