STILL grieving her cousin who was knifed to death, pregnant Melissa Warren fights back the tears as she pays tribute to her father killed in a road smash just two days ago.
In a cruel twist of fate, and the third death to hit the Madgin family in just over a week, the uncle of 18-year-old stab victim Samantha died after his van crashed into the central reservation of the A19 on Monday night.
Gary Madgin, 41, had just two months earlier received the news his eldest daughter would be expecting his first grandchild in March.
Melissa, 21, yesterday told The Journal: “He was looking forward to being a grandad for the first time.
“He was brilliant, he would do anything for anyone, he had time for everyone.
“Sam was more like a little sister to me than a cousin. I was with her baby Callum just the other day.
“We just can’t belive what has happened, my baby is not going to have a grandad, it’s so hard.”
The father-of-three, from Burn Avenue, Forest Hall, North Tyneside, died on the A19 near Killingworth just after 8.30pm on Monday as he was driving home from his caravan in Bamburgh, Northumberland He lived at the family home with partner of 20 years Julie Sherwood, daughter Roxanne, 19, 14-year-old son Gary and step son James, 17.
Melissa, 21, and another stepson John, also 21, do not live in the family home.
Roxanne added: “He was my dad and such a loving person.
“When you love someone so much, you just don’t expect them to be gone.”
Miss Sherwood, also 41, said the popular family man had been left devastated by the death of his niece and his uncle Bobby within a matter of days.
She said: “His kids were his life.
“We are a very close family, Gary and his dad were so close they were like best friends.
“He only lost Sam last week and got a phone call just the other day that his uncle Bobby, his mam’s brother, had just dropped down dead.
“He was so just so upset.
“He was a brilliant man and he would go out of his way for the smallest of things, he would have time for anyone.
“Me and the kids had come back from the caravan earlier because the weather was getting bad and there was a problem with a wall that had to be knocked down and rebuilt. We used to go up there all the time with the family.
“He went back up again to help and he took our dog with him.”
The accident happened around half a mile north of the junction with the A1056 Killingworth Lane. Mr Madgin’s Ford Transit van was travelling south along the A19 which then smashed into the central reservation and flipped over into the northbound carriageway.
Paramedics and police arrived but Mr Madgin was pronounced dead at the scene. The family pet, a Rottweiler called Tyson, had been travelling with Mr Madgin and survived the crash.
A post-mortem examination will be carried out to establish the cause of death and an inquest is expected to be held in due course.
Mr Madgin’s death comes after a close friend of Samantha’s fell from a bridge.
The 18-year-old survived after she fell from a flyover bridge at East Howdon, North Tyneside, on Thursday. She was treated at Sunderland Royal Infirmary.
He was there for everyone
FAMILY man Gary Madgin would go out of his way if it was to help others, his family said.
Julie Sherwood, his partner of 15 years, said he would often help elderly people with their shopping and give them a lift to and from home.
His distraught family recalled a time when the father-of-three took his coat off and gave it to a man in the street because it was cold.
“Everyone had a good word to say about him, he would just do anything for everyone,” Miss Sherwood said.
“He just lived for the kids and me, that’s how he was, he knew everybody and was well liked but he didn’t go out to the pub. He was just a family man.”
Teenager on charge of murder
A 15-YEAR-OLD girl has been charged with the murder of Samantha Madgin.
The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was also charged with affray in connection with the incident.
Two men, Terrence Davidson, 18, and David Kerr, 35, both from Walker, Newcastle, have also appeared in court charged with affray.
Samantha, of Merlin Crescent, Wallsend, was stabbed last Thursday after a confrontation in Victoria Avenue, Wallsend.