A POPULAR farmer has been killed in a tragic harvesting accident.
Dave Threadgold, 68, died early on Friday afternoon after getting into difficulty while manoeuvring bales of wet hay around a bend in the road, just yards from his home at Wooleys Farm in Hollin Lane, Aston.
After loosening straps on the bales on a trailer, some of them fell and crushed him to death. His family told the Chronicle he died doing the job he loved.
His wife Yvonne, 66, said: ‘This has hit us all hard and many of his old friends are very sad about it. But he lived for farming. It was his life, and he would have been miserable if he had lived and couldn’t carry on doing the job.
‘It was his last load of the day but they were an odd shape and weigh a couple of tons.
‘We’ve had so many kind messages and our house has been busy with visitors offering their sympathy.’
She added: ‘Whatever the problem, everyone always seemed to come to Dave for help. Whether it was an electrical problem or farming-related, he would drop whatever he was doing for them.’
Known as ‘Lordy’ or ‘Dabby’ to his friends, Mr Threadgold retired from electricity company Manweb at Crewe in 1997 after 40 years of service as a labourer and then linesman.
Born next door to The Bhurtpore pub, Aston, he went on to work for Audlem farmer Jonathan Gleave before beginning his job with Manweb, then based at Beam Street, Nantwich.
He was a Crewe Alex fan, fond of dancing and played dominoes twice a week for Wrenbury Social Club. He was also a regular at The Cotton Arms, Wrenbury.
He leaves a son, Paul, 43, daughters Karen, 41 and Lynn, 39, and two grandchildren, Katherine, 15, and George, 14 months.
A post-mortem examination was due to take place yesterday. Police closed off Hollin Lane for more than four hours on Friday afternoon while they investigated the accident.
A police spokeswoman said: ‘We received a call at 1.20pm on Friday to reports of a male who had been crushed by hay bales at Hollin Lane. The Health and Safety Executive has been informed.’
Mr Threadgold’s family have requested that any donations are made to Cancer Research rather than flowers. See next week’s Chronicle obituary pages for funeral details.