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Fulfilling Phil Robinson’s final wish with fitting funeral procession

4:08 pm, Thursday, 6th July 2023 - 8 months ago


Phil Robinson dedicated more than 40 years of his professional life to keeping the roads of North East Lincolnshire maintained and moving, in all weathers.

Phil was passionate about his job and always saw the bright side, even when spreading grit on the roads in the worst of weathers. Even following his retirement, which he took to care for his wife, he was always happy to help keep our roads moving safely in the winter gritting season whenever needed.

Phil had a wealth of experience and knowledge which he shared amongst his colleagues to keep our local roads safe. He will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

The much-loved colleague passed away on Sunday 25 June at the age of 68 following a short illness, and one of Phil’s final wishes was for the gritting vehicle he operated and a snow plough to lead his funeral procession from his home in Laceby to Grimsby Crematorium. North East Lincolnshire Council and its delivery partner Equans are pleased to be able grant his wish and send our deepest condolences to his family.

Adam Sowter, operations maintenance supervisor at Equans, said: “I’ve worked with Phil since 1996 and he was one of the best. A very hard-working man who was always available if you needed him and really loved his job and gave it 100 per cent. Not only has the company suffered a great loss but so has his local village which he did a lot of community work for and was a well-loved and a well-known character. He was a valued team member, and it was an honour and a privilege to be his supervisor for all these years.”

Councillor Stewart Swinburn, portfolio holder for environment and transport at North East Lincolnshire Council, added: “It is clear to see that Phil was a much-loved colleague to many and as a council, we send our deepest condolences to his family at this difficult time. I am pleased one of his final wishes has been granted and it seems a fitting tribute for his dedicated service over the decades.”

The funeral procession will take place from 2.30pm on Wednesday 12 July.

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