Tributes paid to 27-year-old Daniel Eastwood who was killed in collision near Tollbar Academy
THE devastated family of the biker and father-of-two who was killed outside Tollbar Academy have described him as a man with a ‘heart of gold’.
Daniel Eastwood, 27, was a devoted father to four-month-old, Niya and Limi, two, and loving partner to Vicky Cooley who he lived with in High Street, Waltham.
Today, as his family grieve their tragic loss, they told the Grimsby Telegraph how proud they are to have had him in their lives.
His heartbroken mother, Nikki Brian, of Caistor Drive, Grimsby, said: “He was a devoted son, loving brother and wonderful father.
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“He was my first born son who was always there for me and through all the bad times, he was my rock.
“He had the biggest heart and was always ready to help anyone. I don’t know how I will live without him. It just doesn’t seem real.
“No mother should ever outlive their child.
“I love him so much and he will be greatly missed and he will always be in my heart.”
The eldest child in a single-parent family, his brothers, Tom, 25, Ricky, 24, Jamie, 23 and sister, Cody, 20, all looked up to him and his youngest brother, Liam, 14, regarded him as a father-figure.
Their lives were shattered when he died from fatal injuries after a parent of a student – a 41-year-old Cleethorpes woman – collided with his Kawasaki 750 motorbike outside the school on Station Road, New Waltham as she dropped her child off on Friday.
Daniel was a doorman at nightclub, Amishi, in Cleethorpes, which is co-owned by his step-father Graham Franklin, and worked as a maintenance man at Pleasure Island.
He was on his way to the theme park when the collision happened – a job he started just two weeks before after leaving his job as a security guard for Asda in Holles Street, Grimsby, so he could spend more time with his young family.
Graham said: “I loved him like my own son, I loved working along side him. He would do anything to help anyone and to a lot of people at the nightclub, he was a lot more than a doorman.”
Nikki was told of her son’s death while she was at work at Uniform Direct in Grimsby. She phoned her mother, Susan Hunt, who caught the next flight from Cyprus, where she lives with her husband, Robin.
Danny’s grandmother said: “He was a lovely lad. He would do anything for us. He was a good lad. He would come and visit us and when we were home he would take us out for meals and do pub quizzes. Danny was a really clever lad.”
His sister Cody added: “I was really close to my brother. He was always there for me, I have just passed my driving test so he was always helping me with my car. He was great.”
Liam, Danny and their step-brother, Harry would spend hours playing FIFA 13 together and talking about football – another great love of Danny’s who was incredibly health conscious and played in goal for Fairdeal Carpets Football Club.
His mum added: “I was a single mum and there was 14 years difference between them so Danny was always the person Liam looked up to. He would go to his parents’ evenings and wanted to be involved in how he grew up.
“He was also a fantastic dad to his beautiful daughters. He was devoted to them.”
Amishi co-owner Terry Morris paid tribute on behalf of all the nightclub staff. He said: “He was always smiling and ready to help others. To sum up with the words of a song it seems the good die young, we turned around and he was gone.”
The details of Danny’s funeral have yet to be arranged.