‘Loving’ father remembered by family after dying in fatal M5 accident

PUBLISHED: 16:57 19 September 2018

Rod Walsh was killed in the accident last Thursday. Picture: Walsh family/Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Rod Walsh was killed in the accident last Thursday. Picture: Walsh family/Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Walsh family/Avon and Somerset Constabulary

A ‘gentle’ and ‘fun-loving family man’ has been remembered by his family after he died in last week’s M5 crash.

Rod Walsh, aged 54, died in the incident which happened near junction 25 (Taunton) on the motorway on Thursday morning.

In a tribute, his family said: “The family of Rod Walsh would like to express their sadness at losing a gentle, fun-loving family man who was a fabulous husband, father, son, son-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, uncle and friend to many who loved him dearly in return.

“Rod, who was born in New Inn, Panteg in South Wales, lived in Cheddar with his wife Ceri and two young children.

“He was a committed member of St Andrew’s Church in Cheddar and also an active member of STARR amateur theatrical group.

“We will all miss his laughter, love of life, kindness and loyalty.”

Rob had worked for the NHS for 38 years.

His wife Ceri was also in the car which was involved in the crash between a heavy goods vehicle and a number of cars.

She is still being treated for her injuries at Southmead Hospital in Bristol and is in a stable condition.

The family added: “The family would like to thank all the emergency services which attended the scene and also members of the public who tried to assist Rod and Ceri after the incident.

“They now ask you to respect their privacy in this period of loss and any questions or enquires to be directed to the police press office.”

Officers from the Collision Investigation Unit still continue to appeal for witnesses to the incident where a woman in her 40s also died.

Inspector Frazer Davey said: “Our thoughts remain with Rod’s family and friends during what is undoubtedly a difficult time for them as well as with Ceri as she recovers from her injuries.

“Specially trained officers continue to support both families affected and are keeping them fully updated on our investigation.

“We are still keen to talk to those who were on the carriageway at the time of the collision who we haven’t yet spoken to.

“We know there were a significant number of people trying to exit the junction and we really need them to contact us so that we can understand exactly how this tragic incident happened.”

If you witnessed the collision, or have dash cam footage of it, contact the Collision Investigation Unit via 101 providing the call handler with the reference CI/174/18.

More from Weston Mercury

A Cheddar man has been hailed volunteer of the year after dedicating years to preserving an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB).

Read more

An electronic music duo will play tracks from their first studio album in six years this week.

Read more

A Weston care provider has won an industry award for being the best employer.

Read more

Visitors to Weston’s Grand Pier will be able to immerse themselves in a new state-of-the-art virtual reality experience once it is unveiled this weekend.

Read more

Weston slipped up at home to high-flying Woking, with defensive errors proving costly.

Read more
08:13

Runners dressed as reindeer, elves and Santas and raced across Weston-super-Mare beach in the Christmas Cracker 10k.

Read more
Weston-super-Mare
06:55

The following cases were heard at North Somerset Courthouse from November 5-14.

Read more
In The Dock
Yesterday, 20:00

Two of the West Country’s top performing choral groups will bring their melodic tunes to Weston this Christmas.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:00

A Cheddar school has been praised for its ‘shared vision for care and inclusion’ by an education watchdog.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:00

Parking in Burnham-on-Sea and Cheddar will be free on the two Saturdays before Christmas.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 7°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists