Tribute to 'unsung hero' who died after collision

MAYOR of Stainforth John Thompson has paid tribute to a father of six who died following a road accident.

Gym owner John Paul Dobson died after he was involved in a collision with a car as he cycled at Low Levels Bank, Hatfield, on October 16.

Coun Thompson described Mr Dobson, of East Lane, Stainforth, as an "unsung hero" for the community work he did without drawing attention to it.

"He was bit of an unsung hero. He was one of the directors in the Stainforth Community Partnership but he didn't advertise the fact that he did it.

"He was a catalyst for the clean up days in Stainforth - he was always here for the community."

The pair met in Mr Dobson's gym Station Road and they trained together.

Coun Thompson said: "He started cycling about seven months ago and he was always on his bike in between work.

"He didn't drink and he was pretty much into his healthy regime. He has inspired me to keep fit and he was my training partner too."

He also paid tribute to the generosity of his friend, who was from Poole in Dorset where most of his immediate family still live.

Mr Dobson lived with his partner Joanne Millington.

The inquest into Mr Dobson's death was opened and adjourned to a date to be fixed.

n Mr Dobson's cycle was involved in a collision with a Renault Laguna at 4.10pm, both of which were travelling towards Epworth.

The accident happened near the junction with Crow Trees Bank.

The driver, a man from the Doncaster area, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Anyone with information or saw what happened is asked to ring police on 0114 2202970.