A FORMER High Sheriff of Cheshire died driving his car after suffering a heart attack.
John Posnett, a well-known farmer and businessman, of Haughton Hall near Tarporley, was driving back from selling produce at Wrexham Farmers' Market last Friday afternoon when he collapsed.
Mr Posnett's Citroen Berlingo van swerved into the path of an oncoming HGV. His passenger and the HGV driver both escaped injury.
His wife Ann was driving close behind when the incident happened on the A49, but did not recognise her husband's delivery van and drove on.
First on the scene were workers from Mr Posnett's childhood home 500 yards away at Tiresford Farm, where he still kept an award-winning herd of Guernsey cows and produced yoghurt.
Mr Posnett was pronounced dead at the scene. A post-mortem examination showed he died from the heart attack. The 75-year-old had no history of heart problems.
His son Philip, of Tarporley, said he will remember his father as a happy man who led a full life and stayed active in his many businesses.
He was chairman of the board of directors at Calypso soft drinks, which he helped to develop from a milk business into a successful soft drink producer.
He was also chairman of the trustees of Tarporley War Memorial Hospital and served as High Sheriff of Cheshire in the early 1980s.
His son said: 'When people have written to us they said he was very thoughtful, he was always somebody you would turn to for advice. He was a wise person, having had a lot of experience in life.'
Mr Posnett added that his father's last days and weeks were happy ones, spent among his many acquaintances.
'I got married two weeks ago so it is lovely that he saw us married and that he saw all of his neighbours and friends and staff.
'He also went to another wedding last week and a memorial service, so it is nice that he saw all of his friends in the previous couple of weeks.'
The funeral will be held at St Boniface church in Bunbury next Wednesday at 2.30pm.
The service will be conducted by the Rt Rev Peter Forster, Bishop of Chester. Donations should be sent to the Tarporley War Memorial Hospital.