Family pay tribute to “big heart and charisma” of father who died in Altrincham crash

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The family of a father of three who died in a collision in Altrincham last week have paid tribute to his “big heart, charisma and kindness”.

Emergency services were called to Clay Lane at around 6pm on Tuesday January 25th to reports of a collision involving three vehicles.

The driver of one of the vehicles, a 67-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene.

He has now been revealed to be Allan Paul Gray, from Norwich, who was working in Manchester at the time of the incident.

A statement from his family read: “Beloved father to his three girls, Francesca, Olivia and Savanah, who were the light of his life.

“A proud grandad to Arabella, Jude and Reuben. Loved and dearly missed by his mother June Gray and cherished by his siblings John and Carol Gray.

“Born on the 14th May 1954 in Middlesbrough and raised there through his younger years, Allan had a love for motorbikes, martial arts, music and wildlife.

Allan Gray was described as “the smartest, most hardworking, and proud man who would do anything for anyone”

“Allan moved to Norwich, where he settled down and raised his 3 daughters with Michele Gray, the mother of his children and the love of his life.

“Allan was the smartest, most hardworking, and proud man who would do anything for anyone.

“The man who knew how to make anyone laugh with his silly sense of humour, the room would always light up when Allan was there.

“He will be remembered by all that knew and loved him, for his big heart, his charisma and his kindness.

“May he rest in peace.”

The collision happened on Clay Lane close to the junction with Wellfield Road

The statement ended with a quote: “‘Look at the stars. Whenever you feel alone, remember I will always be there to guide you – Proud daddy’.”

Enquiries are ongoing and no arrests have been made at this stage.

A file has been passed to Manchester South Coroners’ Court ahead of an inquest, to be held at a later date.

Earlier this week, the Manchester Evening News reported that Mr Gray had suffered a “medical episode”.

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