Friends and family pay tribute to Plymouth A38 crash victim
MOURNERS gathered to pay tribute to a "hero" who died in a crash on the A38 during blizzard conditions.
Kevin Caswell, 42, died of his injuries after the crash on January 22 when a hail storm wreaked havoc on the dual carriageway.
It is understood he had stepped out of his red Ford Fiesta after it had spun on the ice and was hit by another car.
Yesterday Weston Mill Crematorium overflowed with family and friends paying their respects to a much loved dad, brother and son.
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Kevin's coffin was covered in red roses and carried in to Dance With My Father by Luther Vandross.
Reverend Bridges led the service, speaking about Kevin's life and reading out messages from his family.
As a father of three children, Sophie, 19, James, 18 and four-year-old Brandon, Kevin was a devoted family man who had been with his wife Hazel for 23 years.
A message read out from daughter Sophie said: "He wasn't just a dad. He was our best friend , rock and our hero."
In a message from his youngest son, who wasn't at the funeral, Brandon, aged four, said: "You are the shiniest star in the sky."
Kevin had been in the Territorial Army, serving in Kosovo in 1999 and twice in Iraq.
On returning to the UK in 2007, Kevin worked as a HGV driver but dedicated his time to being a family man.
He was described as a "happy-go-lucky person" who "made people laugh and enjoyed life."
The congregation heard how Kevin and his twin brother Paul had been knitted different jumpers to help their family tell them apart, and played practical jokes by swapping them round.
Mourners also bowed their heads for a time of reflection while the song Hero was played.
Kevin's father, wearing service medals, read out a poem he had written, which included the line "To us you're someone precious, God must have thought so too."