Family’s tribute to former Welwyn Garden City headteacher Vic Lindsey

PUBLISHED: 15:05 13 October 2011 | UPDATED: 11:16 14 October 2011

Former Sir John Newsom headteacher Vic Lindsey, who died in a tragic accident in WGC this week

Former Sir John Newsom headteacher Vic Lindsey, who died in a tragic accident in WGC this week

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THE family of former WGC headteacher Vic Lindsey, who died after being hit by his own car in a tragic accident this week, have paid tribute.

"As a father, he was there for us, no matter what, and had a great sense of humour. We, and all of our children, will miss him very much indeed."

Statement from Vic Lindsey’s family

Father-of-five Mr Lindsey died when he became trapped between his blue Vauxhall Astra and a wall next to Kwik-Fit car garage in Bridge Road East, on Tuesday afternoon.

He was taken to the QE2 Hospital in WGC, but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Today (Thursday), Mr Lindsey’s family added to the growing number of tributes already made by former students of Sir John Newsom School, formerly The Howard School, in WGC – where Mr Lindsey was headmaster from 1983 to 1995 – and the WGC Rotary Club, where he’d been a long serving member.

In a statement released through Hertfordshire Constabulary, Mr Lindsey’s children – sons Sean, George and John and daughters Isobel and Victoria – described their father as “a big character”.

“He knew his own mind, was very independent and was a very popular figure in WGC,” the family said.

“He was a good, loyal friend to many people.

“He had six grandchildren and was a real family man, who loved the times when his family got together.

“He also had a hugely positive impact on many other people’s lives, especially during his time as headteacher of Sir John Newsom.

“While he was at the school he made a lot of changes, overseeing a merger, and was well respected and liked by pupils and staff alike. He was always firm but fair, which is perhaps a reason why he was so popular. He was also very proud of all he had achieved at the school and looked back on his time there with great fondness.

“As a father, he was there for us, no matter what, and had a great sense of humour.

“We, and all of our children, will miss him very much indeed.”

Officers are investigating the accident and are appealing for any witnesses who have not already spoken to come forward.

Call the police non-emergency number 101 with information.

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