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Tributes paid to “loving, family man” killed in collision near Beamish Museum

Terry Miskell

[T]HE family of a grandfather who died after being involved in a collision with a lorry have paid tribute to a “loving, family man”.

Terry Miskell, who was a pedestrian, died in hospital last Monday (September 11).

The collision took place near the entrance road to the Beamish Museum on the A693 the Friday prior (September 8) at about 11.40am.

Mr Miskell, 82, from Beamish, is survived by his wife Margaret, daughter Jane, son Simon, three grandsons, and younger brother Derek.

The family have issued the following statement: “Terry was a loving, family man.

“He was always very caring and positive.

“We are struggling to come to terms with our loss but holding on to the many happy memories we made together.

“We thank everyone for their kind words over the last few days and these have offered some comfort at this very difficult time.”

At the age of 15, Mr Miskell went to work down the mines. However, a more academic career beckoned.

Mr Miskell spent more than 20 years as a senior lecturer in Operations Management and Engineering at Northumbria University. A highly-regarded figure, he was voted most popular lecturer by students for three years running.

Keen to continue his own learning, Mr Miskell went on to complete his Master of Science Degree at Manchester University.

After retiring at the age of 62, he dedicated more of his time to his family and many hobbies.

He enjoyed crosswords, golf, gardening and going on cruise ship holidays.

In his younger days, he was a keen cyclist and was a member of the Stanley Clarion Cycling Club.

Mr Miskell was returning home, having been to the shops in Pelton to buy a newspaper, when the collision happened.

Police are keen to trace anyone who may have seen the incident or either Mr Miskell or the white-coloured HGV prior to the collision. Officers have spoken to the HGV driver.

Anyone with information is asked to call Durham Police on 101, quoting incident number 139 of September 8.

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