Tribute to John Bingham

PUBLISHED: 14:42 31 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:49 15 June 2010

31/12/08: A FANTASTIC chap, who would do anything for anybody. That s how friends have described Wilmington man John Bingham, who died tragically in a road accident.

31/12/08: "A FANTASTIC chap, who would do anything for anybody."

That's how friends have described Wilmington man John Bingham, who died tragically in a road accident.

Widower Mr Bingham, 58, was pronounced dead at the scene.

His Renault Megane had been involved in a collision with a Fiat Ducato van on the A35, near Wilmington.

The accident happened near the junction to Widworthy Court at around 6.30pm on Monday, December 22.

The driver of the van, a man from Plymouth, sustained minor injuries.

Originally from the north of England, Mr Bingham made the Honiton area his home as a young man.

He was a well-known and respected figure in the community.

An engineer by trade, Mr Bingham had travelled all over the world before taking early retirement.

When Mike and Debbie Chamberlain took over the Awliscombe Inn, Mr Bingham helped them run the pub for the first few months.

Yesterday (Tuesday) they described him as "a lovely, kind-hearted bloke".

Mrs Chamberlain said: "He was a fantastic chap who would do anything for anybody."

Mr Chamberlain said Mr Bingham had suffered a difficult four years in the run-up to his death, adding: "He was a really good friend and a nice chap."

Funeral arrangements have yet to be confirmed.

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