TRIBUTES have flooded in for a man who died in a road accident at the weekend, two months to the day after he was married.
Simon Hannigan, 27, of Heol Hyfryd, Gwersyllt, died after a collision with a car as he walked along the A483 in Wrexham.
Mr Hannigan leaves behind his wife Gemma and sons Aled, seven, Ethan, five, and Ryan, three.
Simon’s wife Gemma led the tributes, saying he was ‘a family man who loved Manchester United and fishing’.
The couple had been together for fourteen years and were married in Cyprus in August this year.
Mrs Hannigan said: “It was two months to the day of our wedding.
“He couldn’t pick one best man, he had to pick two.
“We got married and afterwards went round Ayia Napa looking for somewhere to watch Manchester United.
“He loved going out and having a drink and a laugh with his mates. He loved playing football with his kids.”
Mrs Hannigan added that the support shown by the community was ‘touching’.
She said: “Even the head from the children’s school said she will have the lads any time.”
Mr Hannigan, who worked as a bricklayer for Bloor Homes, spent nine months working in Africa teaching people how to build.
Mr Hannigan’s sister, Chermaine, described him as a popular man who could fix anything and was always happy to help his family and friends.
She said: “Everyone loved him. No one has got a bad word to say about him.
“There’s no one around here that didn’t get on with him.
“He made friends easily with anyone wherever he went.”
His mother Mandy said: “I think the happiest I had ever seen him was the day of his wedding.”
The social media site Facebook has been inundated with people writing to express their sadness at Mr Hannigan’s death.
Among the tributes which have been posted, Sophie Edwards wrote: “RIP Si honestly cannot believe you are gone. You were an amazing person. Love and miss you loads, gone but never forgotten.”
Carla Griffiths posted: “I'm going to miss you so much. You were a great friend to me and I will never ever forget you. I will always remember the good old days and the many laughs we had together.”
Jimmy Ackerley wrote: “I’ve known you since you were a little lad mate, you were a great lad and a great dad. You will be truly missed by all who truly knew you. RIP mate, God bless you.”
Aaron Evans posted: “I can’t believe you are gone. It still hasn’t quite sunk in. I’m going to miss you. You will never be forgotten, a top mate and a friend to all.”
The accident happened shortly after 6.20pm on Saturday.
Force incident manager, Inspector Gareth Jones, of North Wales Police, said officers responded to reports of a man having been struck by a vehicle as he was walking southbound down the A483 between junctions four and five near B&Q.
“Upon arrival they found the man, had been struck by a silver Vauxhall Corsa vehicle,” he said. “He was pronounced deceased at the scene.
“The driver of the Vauxhall Corsa had waited at the scene for officers’ arrival.”
Anyone who witnessed the incident or the events leading up to it are asked to contact PC 1865 Joanne Roberts of the Deeside roads policing unit on 101, quoting incident reference number P177178.