A procession of trucks lead the way for funeral of driver who will be ‘sadly missed’

A convoy of trucks followed the coffin of a well-known lorry driver as mourners sounded their horns in tribute to him. Mark Dawson passed away on September 27, months after being diagnosed with stomach cancer. Now the funeral of the 60-year-old grandfather, from Stafford, has taken place today.

Mark, who had also suffered a stroke the day before he died at Katharine House Hospice, had worked at Eccleshall-based ACP Services for two-and-a-half years. He held class one and two truck licences. Today’s procession was led by Stan Robinson’s truck, which was used to carry the coffin to Stafford Crematorium.

It was followed by a fleet of lorries as mourners paid their respects.

The trucks left Tollgate Industrial Estate and met with the coffin outside the Joiners’ Arms – Mark’s local pub. From there, they made their way towards crematorium for the funeral. The convoy was organised by Mark’s friend and colleague at ACP, Nick Day. 

A procession of trucks lead the way for funeral of driver who will be ‘sadly missed’Mark Dawson (blue shirt and ripped jeans) with Nick Day (red t-shirt) and their friends

Nick’s wife, Donna, aged 55, from Stafford said: “Nick had known Mark for over 20 years.

He organised the convoy of trucks in respect for him. He was a great friend and is very sad that he won’t have him in his life anymore.  “We were devastated when we found out he passed away.

We had gone to see him the week before and he seemed high spirited and he knew us and was cracking jokes. He hadn’t lost his sense of humour at all.  “Mark was a very brave man and nothing was ever too much for him.

He never shied away from work. He was a character and has left a big hole in many of our lives.

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“He would always meet his friends in the Joiners’ Arms with a smile or even a snarky comment. He was a genuine person.” 

Now Mark has left behind sons Adam and Joe Dawson, and one grandchild. His role at ACP had included driving trucks and taking them for their MOTs. He would also take trucks back to, or pick them up from, customers.

A procession of trucks lead the way for funeral of driver who will be ‘sadly missed’Mark and Nick with their friends

Donna added: “At ACP, they were a family unit and they all got on well.

He was a valued member and part of a great team, where he will be sadly missed.  “He was immensely proud of his sons. The trucks and the vans that turned up show how much respect people have got for him.

He was one in a million and kind-hearted.  “Mark will be missed unbelievably. I will always remember his dry sense of humour.

You would say something and he would be very quick to answer back.”

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