A heartbroken daughter has shared her grief after her parents’ bodies arrived back on UK soil following their deaths in the USA.
As reported previously in The Gazette, Ted and Brenda McElroy, from South Shore, were killed instantly after being hit by a truck while on holiday in West Virginia.
Daughter Gillian Ioannis has paid tribute to her “exemplary” parents after the plane carrying their bodies touched down at Manchester Airport.
Mrs Ioannis, 49, from Southend-on-Sea, in Essex, said: “It’s still not really real, but I’m trying to concentrate on the basic thing that they loved each other so much.
“They died together and didn’t suffer, and won’t ever have to see each other get sick and suffer.”
The crash happened just after Mr and Mrs McElroy, aged 76 and 70, arrived at their hotel in the town of Barboursville.
It is believed they were crossing the road to get to a restaurant which had been recommended to them.
During their lives Mr McElroy’s job as a loss adjustor saw the family move around the world - living in places as far afield as Canada, Belgium, Nigeria and Kenya.
Mrs Ioannis added: “They were really amazing people, they were exemplary parents who did everything right.”
They were involved with The Windmill Players amateur dramatics group, in Thornton, and also played bowls at Watson Road park.
Mr McElroy was also a well-known model railway enthusiast, who was involved in motorsport during his younger years and once raced at the famous Silverstone circuit, in Northamptonshire.
Details have been announced for the couple’s funeral, which will take place at Lytham Park Cemetery, on Thursday October 31 from 12.30pm.
This will be followed by a gathering at The Shovels pub, on Common Edge Road, Marton.
All who knew the couple during their lives are welcome to attend.
The family have asked for donations to be made in their name to any dog-related charity instead of flowers.
Mrs Ioannis added: “I don’t want people to wear black.
“I really want people to celebrate my parents’ lives.”
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