Family's tribute to M180 crash victim

Barton: Adam Baxter was man who "broke mould"

2 Jul 2015

The family of a passionate mechanic and car lover have paid tribute to a man who “broke the mould”.

As reported, Adam Baxter, 26, of Barton, died when his car left the M180 on Tuesday June 16.

On Tuesday, his devastated parents Karen and Curt, sisters Becky, Laura and Sophie and his partner Dara Brown held a celebration of his life at Woodlands Crematorium, Scunthorpe.

The funeral was attended by hundreds of friends and loved ones, including members of the MG Forum, of which Adam was a member.

The family described Adam as a passionate man who was “beyond labels” and lived life to the full.

They said: “From his early days growing up in Wrawby – attending Wrawby Pre-school, Wrawby Primary School and The Vale Academy, Brigg – Adam displayed a huge interest in all things mechanical, be it planes, trains or automobiles.

“His Scalextrix tracks were legendary and, where some teenagers would have taken advantage of his parents going away by throwing a party, Adam instead used it as a chance to expand his track layout to take over the house!

“It was cars – and particularly “tinkering with them” that really captured his heart. In the nine years since passing his driving test, Adam had no less than 35 different cars – changing cars three times in the space of one memorable week.

“Even his first car – an 850cc Mini bought for him by Karen and Curt – didn’t stay that way for long, eventually morphing into a 1300cc vehicle. It was this drive he carried through to his professional life, qualifying as a mechanic at North Lindsey College.”

And the skills were something the “old fashioned gent” was more than happy to share with anyone in need.

Curt said: “His technical knowledge was astounding. He would do anything for anybody.”

Karen said: “Most days I would come home to find he had come round and was repairing a car for someone on the drive – and all my milk and tea had gone.”

Dara added that whatever he did, he never did by halves, adding: “There is no one like Adam. Being with him have been the best years of my life and he will never be forgotten.”

The family also said they wished to thank everyone who had sent words or kind thoughts, adding they had been “overwhelmed” by their generosity.

Particular mention was given to his close friends, who wore Spongebob Squarepants shorts at the funeral service in tribute to Adam, who was rarely found without his pair.

The family also thanked members of the MG Forum, who held a collection for a special floral tribute in the shape of an MG badge, donating the remaining funds to Leeds General Infirmary, where Adam had been treated for a long-standing medical condition.

Further thanks were given to life-long friend James Weightman who had created memorial car stickers which were being sold to raise further funds.

A boxing match in Adam’s memory, taking place on Thursday July 16, at the Baths Hall, Scunthorpe, will also be used to raise money for disabled children.


Adam Baxter