Popular Dave Askew dies, aged 60

PUBLISHED: 01:01 07 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:52 10 June 2010

DAVE Askew, a partner in the Aylesbeare farming and haulage business, has died. The youngest of three brothers - aged 60 last September - he fell seriously ill only a fortnight before his death, in the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, on Friday. A very po

DAVE Askew, a partner in the Aylesbeare farming and haulage business, has died.The youngest of three brothers - aged 60 last September - he fell seriously ill only a fortnight before his death, in the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, on Friday.A very popular man, he was frequently seen around the Exmouth, East Devon and Exeter areas in his lorry, transporting materials to and from building and road work sites.During the summer months, he would often be engaged on road maintenance contracts, spending weeks away in different parts of the country.He is thought to have been suffering from pulminory fibrosis, which ended in a rapid decline in his health and his spending the last days of his life on oxygen.His great love was motor-caravanning and he was at the time of his death planning a September trip abroad with his wife and two friends, one of whom said this week: "He was such a generous man, always offering, being the provider - of solutions, of information, and of tools and hardware, which invariably he had in most sorts and sizes. And if he could not help, he would invariably know someone who could."He was always trying to please others - eager to try to solve problems by logic, enterprise or sheer hard graft - accompanied more often than not by some joke or quip - and by being present and available. Everybody loved him. And he had so much still to give."He is survived by his wife Paula and children - Karen and Stephen and daughter-in-law Emma, and two brothers, Gerald and Colin, and their families.A service was held at Exeter Crematorium on Wednesday afternoon.

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