Inquest into death of 'hard working' trader heard

PUBLISHED: 18:05 01 July 2014

Julian Cross.

Julian Cross.

Simon Cross

AN INQUEST into the death of a popular Weston trader was held after he fell from a ladder.

Julian Cross, aged 50, died at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol on April 14, after falling outside his Gifts 4 All shop in Oxford Street.

Last week, Flax Bourton Coroners Court heard Mr Cross, of Manor Road, was admitted to intensive care on March 29 after he hit his head and sustained severe injury.

On admission to hospital, a scan revealed Mr Cross had a fractured skull. He underwent brain surgery and was later returned to intensive care for further treatment, but did not recover from his injuries.

Hundreds of people paid tribute to the hard-working shop owner at his funeral last month and a collection taken in his memory raised more than £1,000 for the charity Headway, which specialises in helping people recover from brain injuries.

The Mercury published a tribute to Julian, which included words from family as well as Grand Pier co-owner Michelle Michael, who Julian had worked for.

She said: “All who knew Julian knew him to be an honest, hard-working man.

“He would help anyone and was passionate about Weston as well as all his friends and family.”

Julian’s brother Simon called him a ‘character’ of Weston and said: “Our family would like to acknowledge the fantastic care Julian received while at Frenchay Hospital. He will be missed by the local business community and all of his family and friends.

“He seemed to know everyone, he always had time to welcome visitors and friends to his shop and he was renowned for his endless stories and cheeky ways.”

Assistant coroner Peter Harrowing concluded the cause of death was accidental.

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