Tributes have poured in from the family and friends of a popular Bridlington man after he was killed in a tragic traffic collision last week near Burton Agnes.
Shaun Worthington, who was 29, was on his way back from work at C&D Foods in Driffield, on Wednesday 19 November at around 1 pm, when his silver Audi A4 was in collision with a white coloured Renault tipper wagon between Burton Agnes and Haisthorpe.
Now, his family and friends have spoken of their heartache after losing who they describe as the “life and soul of the party.”
Shaun’s mother, Jane Allen, who lives in Leeds, said: “My son was happy in Bridlington - he loved Bridlington.
“He was a really good friend to have, and was a lovely brother.
“He idolised his sister Andrea and was a really good friend of Mark - her husband and was happy living with them.
“He loved their children and spent a lot of time with them - he loved playing around with them.
“As his mother I couldn’t be more proud,
“Every morning I wake up, hoping it’s a nightmare and that I could just wake up.” Shaun, who was a former catering student at East Riding College in Bridlington, moved from Hull in 1998 where he quickly made friends, and lived there until 2004 when he and his family moved to Majorca.
Shaun’s stepfather, John Allen, added: “Shaun and his stepbrother, Gregg, were real brothers - they were like the shadow of one another.
“We lived in Bridlington until 2004 before we moved to Majorca and Shaun came with us - We had a business in the centre of Magaluf called Goodfella’s Music Bar, where Shaun helped with the cooking.
“He came back in 2005 because he loved it too much there! Shaun loved us all and wasn’t afraid to show it - he was so affectionate.
Shaun’s sister, Andrea Ward, who he lived with at Windsor Crescent, said: “He was just such a popular lad.
“He was really family orientated, and also loved going out with all of his mates.
“He made time for everyone and he was a really selfless person.
“My partner and I have three children and he spent a lot of time with them, he always took them out and loved watching films with them.
“Losing him has had a really bad impact on everyone - my kids are really upset and so is my mum.
“I don’t even know how put into words how people who knew him feel now.
“He was the life and soul of the party and everyone knew that - he would always get people to do things they wouldn’t normally do and had a really cheeky charm about him.
“He loved to wind people up to the point where you would be annoyed and he would just laugh at you - he would eat about six of my cupcakes and then tell me they were stale!
“He lived with no regrets, and his favourite saying was ‘I’ll do what I want!’ - The small things didn’t matter to him, he wouldn’t let them bother him.
“He thought that people should always do things that make them happy.
“His friends were just as much his family as we were.”
One of his friends, Tom Jay, said: “Can’t believe you have gone mate - so, so hard to grasp.
“You were like my big brother, my best friend - I will think about you every day for the rest of my life.
“Sleep well my brother.”
Emily Bingham, of Brookland Road, added: “I still can’t believe it really.
“You always knew if Shaun was there, he always had something to say.
“One of his cheeky sayings was ‘just because you’re offended by what I say, doesn’t mean you’re right.’
“He really was the life and soul of the party.
“He would do anything for anyone - he would drop whatever he was doing and be there for you and you just have to look at how many friends he had to see how popular he was.”
Alex Cobden said: “He was one of the nicest lads I knew.
“He will be sadly missed by everyone around him.”
Shaun’s funeral will be held this Friday at East Riding Crematorium in Octon.
A spokesperson for Humberside Police, said: “Police are seeking to establish the circumstances of the incident and are appealing for witnesses to the collision.
“Anyone with information should contact Humberside Police on the non emergency number 101 referring to log 305 of 19 November 2014.”