Tributes to John Barnes following fatal crash, as wife continues to fight for life


TRIBUTES have been paid to a 77-year-old man killed in a crash near Swindon.

John Barnes, aged 77, from Fairford, died in the collision in Upper Inglesham on September 25. His wife Kathleen was also seriously injured and remains in hospital in Oxford.

Oliver Williams, 23, from Lechlade, was also killed while travelling in another car in the four-vehicle collision.

John’s family has released the following tribute: “We, as a family, are completely devastated by the loss of John and we are struggling to deal with the void he has left in our lives.

“John’s beloved wife Kathleen, aged 77, was also in the car with him at the time of the collision, and she remains in a serious condition in John Radcliffe Hospital. We are praying that she pulls through and are keeping a bedside vigil.

“John was a very well-known and much loved member of his local community and was still very active as a company director of Barnes Removals – a long established company based in Fairford, which he ran alongside his son Martin.  He also has three daughters – Carole, Angie and Susan, who he loved dearly, as well as grandchildren – he was a much-loved grandfather and loved spending time with his family.

“We would like to thank everybody, including friends, family, neighbours, colleagues and members of the community, who have shown us overwhelming support and kindness since that tragic day. Their kind words have been of huge comfort during this difficult time.

“We are focusing as much as we can on our mother, and praying that she finds the strength to make a full recovery.”

Funeral arrangements for Mr Barnes are yet to be announced.




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