A grieving son has recalled the heartbreaking last phone call with his father before a fatal car crash took his life.
Lee Walker, 35, had spoken to his father less than two hours before the collision on July 8th, according to Yorkshire Live.
His father Tony Walker, 59, was finishing a 16-hour shift as a carer when he pulled out from the B1249 near Scarborough.
A around 9pm he collided with a car on the main carriageway and died of his injuries.
His death came days ahead of the four-year anniversary of Lee’s mother.
Tony had recently been promoted to care manager and staffing shortages had seen him work from 6am to 10pm for the past three weeks.
He called Lee to say he may struggle to visit his three grandchildren at the weekend because he could not find cover at work.
Lee said: “He was upset that he couldn’t spend time with his grandkids because he wasn’t going to be able to get staff to cover and he’d be on all weekend.
“That was when I last spoke to him.
“He left the house at 6am that morning for work and he’d been doing that for two or three weeks, leaving at 6am and not back until ten at night because he’d been doing extra calls to help out.”
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Lee has been overwhelmed by messages of love and support from countless friends and strangers since Tony’s death.
Tony was involved in local amateur football for around 35 years, as a player, a coach of both men’s and kids’ teams and as secretary of the Scarborough and District Football League.
A charity match will be held at Ayton Football Ground on Sunday July 25th.
“There’s just so many people that he had a positive impact on that have phoned me and left messages – I didn’t even know half of them,” said Lee.
“He coached kids’ teams he coached men’s teams. When I played football I didn’t play for anyone else, I just played for my dad.”
He described his dad, who cared for his mum for decades before her death from organ failure, as “devoted” to his family.
“He would do anything to help someone who needed it,” said Lee. “He gave so much and took nothing in return.”
A fundraiser with Go Fund Me has been set up to raise money for Tony’s funeral.