Posted: Sun 1st May 2016

Fatal Collision: Tribute To John Clift

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Sunday, May 1st, 2016

The man who died following the road traffic collision involving two ambulance vehicles yesterday (Thursday, April 28) has been named as John Clift. He was 54-years-old and came from the Pwllheli area. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The following tribute has been issued by John’s family: ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“To those who knew John, he was a born and bred Pwllheli lad. He had been a member of the Pwllheli Fire and Rescue service for 26 years, and a Patient Care Services Driver for the NHS, based in Pwllheli, for 12 years, devoting his life and career to help others. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“To his family he was a loving partner to Hilary, Stepdad to Matthew and Ceri, adoring Taid to Hannah, brother to Pat and David, Uncle to Sharon, Tracy, William, Mark, Phillip, Steven and Jamie. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“When not working he liked nothing more than spending time with his family and watching his favourite Manchester City football team on television. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“He was well known and liked by many people in the local area, and he will be greatly missed by everyone.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The following tributes have also been issued by the Welsh Ambulance Service and the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service: ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Wayne Davies, the Welsh Ambulance Service’s Locality Manager for Anglesey and Gwynedd, added: “John was a reliable and trustworthy individual, who was truly one of the team. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“He will be sadly missed by all of his colleagues in Pwllheli and the wider Welsh Ambulance Service family.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Bleddyn Roberts, a Paramedic in Pwllheli and a staff side representative, said: “John was a well-liked and respected colleague who we’d known for many years before he joined the ambulance service because he was a firefighter in Pwllheli. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Over the years, John helped hundreds if not thousands of people in his role in the Patient Care Service, and was best known for his dry sense of humour and always being in good spirits. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“His death has hit us really hard, and we all will miss him terribly. Our thoughts and condolences are with John’s family at this sad and difficult time.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Simon Smith, Chief Fire Officer, said: “John was a firefighter for 26 years at Pwllheli Fire Station and also worked as a community safety practitioner. Today our thoughts are with his family and our colleagues at the Welsh Ambulance NHS Trust following the road traffic collision. As a fire and rescue service dealing with road traffic accidents is always difficult and even more so when a colleague or someone you know is involved.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Police continue to appeal for witnesses following the collision which occurred on the A499 at Y Ffôr, Pwllheli just before 3pm yesterday afternoon. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Anybody with information is asked to contact officers at the Roads Policing Unit on 101, quoting reference number U060780. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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