Friends and former work colleagues of a Blackpool couple killed in a road tragedy in America today described them as “lovely” people who will be terribly missed.
Grandparents-of-three Brenda and Edward McElroy were struck by a pick-up truck while crossing a five-lane freeway in Barboursville, West Virginia, last Tuesday.
The couple, of Glencross Place, South Shore, who were in America on holiday, died instantly.
Lois Potter, 64, worked with Mrs McElroy, 70, at Morrisons in South Shore for four years from 2000.
She said: “Brenda took me under her wing and taught me everything and forced me to go on the public address system, otherwise I would never have gone on to this day.
“She was ever so bubbly and a lovely person.
“She was full of life and her and Ted were very much in love and had a fantastic family.
“Brenda remembered her time here fondly and never said a bad word about anybody.
“I couldn’t stop crying when I read the story and couldn’t believe it.”
Mr McElroy, 76, worked across the world as a loss adjuster.
After taking retirement, he joined The Windmill Players amateur dramatics group in 2006 and helped the Thornton society to build sets.
Alan Waterfield, 75, of West Drive, Cleveleys, worked alongside Mr McElroy.
He said: “He had very recently been appointed the leader of the team and would attend meetings with the committee to establish what was required.
“He loved the role and was always very helpful and knowledgeable.
“He was a big help and we’ll miss him a lot.
“Ted was such a good member as well as being a friend and he attended all the activities we did as a group with his wife.
“He’ll be remembered as a really good friend who worked well with everyone he met.”
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