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Tributes to ‘fabulous son’ killed in coast road crash

A Maryport man who had been enjoying an afternoon at the seaside with friends died on Sunday after being in collision with a car.

Raymond John Pattinson, 20, of Edinburgh Road, suffered head injuries in a collision with a Suzuki Swift on the B5300 main road through Allonby at about 7.45pm.

He had spent the afternoon in the village with friends and was on foot when the crash happened.

Mr Pattinson was taken to the West Cumberland Hospital, Whitehaven, but died that night.

In a statement, his family said: “Ray was a fabulous son, grandson, brother and uncle. He enjoyed life to the full, was a keen Arsenal supporter and was devoted to his team.

“Ray had many friends and spent most of his spare time in Allonby where he enjoyed playing football and socialising. He was lovable, sensitive and very kind.

“Ray leaves behind his mother Romar, father Raymond, stepfather Trevor and grandparents Yvonne, John and Gerald.

“He also leaves his brothers and sisters Wayne, Marcus, Dale, Hannah, Emma, Katharyn, Jaedon, brothers-in-law Carl and Scott and sister-in-law Amy and Colleen.

“He was also a caring uncle to Braedon, Bailey Jay, Oliver, Warren, Lilly Mae, Maegan, Michaela, Keelie, Chloe and Carly.

“Ray will be sadly missed by all including his aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.”

Tributes have been paid to Mr Pattinson on the Times & Star website.

Sara Stables posted: “RIP our Ray, he was a brill cousin. He was such a bubbly lad, always had cheeky smile and always made you laugh. He was such a loving boy and also loved to sing on karaoke. He will never be forgotten.”

Hours before he died, Mr Pattinson had worked a lunchtime shift at the Old Posting House, Deanscales, where he had been a junior chef for just over two years.

Landlord Mick Peat said: “Ray left us at 2.30pm and that was the last time we saw him. He had been bubbly and laughing like he always was.

“Every time he came in his smile was like a ray of sunshine.

“He was like a son to me, a super lad. Me and the staff are all devastated, the customers too.”

Mr Peat plans to shut the pub on the day of Mr Pattinson’s funeral to allow staff to attend.

He gave Mr Pattinson his first job, agreeing to train him as a chef on a work-based course with training provider Rathbone.

He said: “Ray’s brother-in-law Carl works here in the kitchen too and he’d mentioned that his wife’s brother needed an opportunity and so I took him on.

“He’d never had a job before. He got on great with everyone and he was very good as a chef.”

Mr Peat also took him to his first Arsenal game at the Emirates stadium in London last autumn.

He added: “Ray loved it. We sat near Robin van Persie and he managed to get a photograph of him on his phone. It was a super day.”

Mr Peat said Mr Pattinson, a former pupil of Solway Community Technology College in Silloth, was in the process of applying to join the army, which was to include a visit to Edinburgh this week.

In a statement, the school said: “Raymond left school in 2007 with eight GCSEs. He was doing well in life and was about to join the army, which makes this time especially sad.

“He has two sisters in school still and we will be supporting them through this very difficult time. It is very sad for the whole school and we send our thoughts to his family.”

Police have interviewed the driver of the car, a 20-year-old Allonby man, and are continuing inquiries. No-one has been arrested in connection with the incident.

The road was closed until 11.55pm on Sunday. Anyone who saw the incident is asked to call police on 101.

l A man died yesterday morning when the white Suzuki Swift he was driving was in collision with a lorry on the A596 Wigton bypass. The man, believed to be from the Wigton area, died at the scene.

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Hiya Ray, it`s 4 week today since you left us, still can`t belive it. Missing you so much words will never describe how we all feel, still waitn off you to knock on the door. MISSING YOU SO MUCH KIDDA

Posted by joanne on 22 April 2012 at 23:12

R.I.P RAY, your were a diamond, know your our bright star we look at each night. Still cant belive your not here with us, but always in our thoughts, miss you loads & loads.Keep watching over us. Xxxxx

Posted by j & family on 12 April 2012 at 00:25

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