Family mourns loss of kind and caring dad

David Bebbington.
David Bebbington.
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A generous father and talented musician who died after becoming ill in his car had invited lonely colleagues to his family home for Christmas.

David Neil Bebbington, of Steward Avenue, Lancaster, had put up a notice at work to invite staff who would be spending the day alone to come to his house.

And colleagues at CME McKinley, Blackpool, where the 40-year-old was IT and communications manager, had taken him up on the kind offer.

Musician David, who fronted two local bands, died on Sunday night when his yellow Toyota MR2 was the only vehicle involved in an incident on the Kendal Bypass, the A591, near Shenstone at around 9.10pm.

He was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary where he passed away. It is understood the tragedy happened as David made his way to check out a venue for a gig.

Born in Lancaster in 1973, David attended the city’s Moorside Primary and Ripley St Thomas High School.

The younger child of parents Chris and Rob and brother to Janine, he had two children, 20-year-old Joe and Robyn, 16.

Remembering his personality and career, a family statement read: “He was manager of Motor Mania but in his late 20s he returned to education to retrain at Blackpool College, where he qualified as an information systems technician.

“He formed Bebbgee Computing and subsequently set up shop on Bowerham Road in Lancaster. His shop not only offered customer support; Dave’s doors were always open for a brew and a natter to friends and customers alike.

“He loved entertaining people. He was a showman.As a boy he was a member of the Lancaster Priory Choir followed by performances with LADOS and throughout his adult life he fronted a number of bands across North Lancashire, most notably Gruffalo’s Child and Midlife Crisis, with his work colleagues.”

A service in celebration of David’s life will be held at Christ Church in Lancaster on Thursday, November 21, at 11am. People are asked to wear at least a hint of purple and/or yellow, David’s favourite colours. “That would make him smile,” his family added.