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Funeral date announced for crash tragedy dad

“HE was 6 foot 3 and shrinking but in personality he was just a giant”.

THE funeral of Jonathan James Mitchell is to take place on Thursday, August 27, 11 days after he tragically died in a car crash which also claimed the life of Meriden motorist Carlton Alexander Beasley.

Speaking from the heart, Jonathan's wife Robin described her husband as '6 foot 3 and shrinking but in personality he was just a giant”.

The tragedy happened on the Birmingham Road, Haseley in the early hours of Sunday morning, August 11, when the two cars collided. Neither vehicle was carrying any passengers.

Robin who lives in Longdon Road with their three daughters Abbey, Lydia and Penny as well as three foster children, Casey, Robert and Amy, paid tribute yesterday (Thursday) to her husband, saying he was a ‘real, real family man’.

“He made everyone he met so happy and relaxed and he made them feel good. He used to be the MD of a large electronic firm but it went bust. He worked and worked to pay off the debts so that’s why he was working as a taxi driver but also because he loved meeting people. He had a lot of blows financially but he never, ever complained.”

Robin, a Girl Guide leader, said her husband was well known in the community and had been a governor of Knowle School when their daughters were younger.

“He used to come to Girl Guides and help me as well. That was the sort of person he was. We used to live in Zambia years ago and he made sure that the local workforce had decent housing and ploughed what profits he was allowed to into social housing. He was also a dead keen hockey player and was captain of the ‘Vets’ at Old Sils.”

The funeral will take place at Robin Hood Crematorium on Thursday 27 August at 3pm [Note: this is the correct date and not the one shown in the Solihull News] and afterwards at Old Silhillians in Knowle. The family have requested that summer dress be worn and no black to reflect Jonathan Mitchell’s life.

Mr Beasley’s sister Juliet told the News her brother was a keen photographer who had seen many of his photographs published

“He was passionate about fishing, wildlife and country pursuits and was the most kind, caring and generous person you could ever meet,” she added.



Cathrina Hulse
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