Tribute paid to ‘gentle giant’ Daniel Harrison

PUBLISHED: 16:30 13 September 2017

Tributes have been paid to Daniel Harrison, who died after a road traffic collision

Tributes have been paid to Daniel Harrison, who died after a road traffic collision

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A tribute has been paid to Exmouth father Daniel Harrison who died at the age of 36 following a road traffic collision at Telegraph Hill, near Exeter.

Daniel Harrison, 36, from Exmouth, died after a single vehicle collision on the outskirts of ExeterDaniel Harrison, 36, from Exmouth, died after a single vehicle collision on the outskirts of Exeter

A tribute has been paid to an Exmouth ‘gentle giant’ who died last month.

Daniel Harrison, 36, died after being involved in a road traffic collision while on his motorcycle on Telegraph Hill, near Exeter, on Wednesday, August 30.

The father-of-four is described by his family as one of the town’s most loved characters and a ‘true son of Exmouth’.

His father Peter Harrison said: “Daniel was a larger-than-life character with a heart of gold.

“(He is) Often referred to as a ‘gentle giant’ through his work as a doorman at a number of locations in Exmouth, and more recently in his job at the Knowle Hill Recycling Centre.

“His kindness and support for family friends and work colleagues knew little boundaries and as such his passing has devastated his family and especially his four children.”

Daniel was born in Exmouth in 1981 and worked in the town all his life.

He went to school at Exmouth Community College and went on to represent Great Britain in judo for many years.

When not competing on the judo mat, Daniel played rugby for the Exmouth Cockles at junior, colt and senior level.

A statement on the club’s website said: “It is with much sadness we learn that Dan passed away.

“Dan was a Cockle, playing rugby with us through our junior ranks and has many friends within the club. Always smiling, he was always a pleasure to chat to.

“Our thoughts are with his friends and family.”

Director of rugby Chris Wright confirmed the club will be holding a minute’s silence before the game at home to Hornets, which kicks off at 2.30pm.

He added: “He was a lovely guy - much loved by everyone during his time with the club.”

Daniel’s funeral is scheduled to take place at 1.45pm on Friday, September 22 at Exeter Crematorium, followed by a wake to celebrate his life at 4pm at No 9 Club in St Andrew’s Road.

The family would like to welcome anyone who knew Daniel to attend.

There will also be a memorial motorcycle ride in Daniel’s honour, organised by the BMAD (Bikers Make a Difference) Club starting from Exmouth’s Tesco superstore, in Salterton Road, from 9.30am on Sunday, September 24.

A memorial website has also been set up for friends to share their memories of Daniel.

Friends can share their stories at www.daniel-harrison.muchloved.com

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