THE children of a man killed after being hit by a train have paid tribute to a popular and loving father.
Mark Jones, 44, of Shotton, died when he was struck by a Llandudno to Crewe Arriva Trains Wales service near Shotton Railway Station after leaving a cage fighting event at Deeside Leisure Centre.
A couple of days before his funeral, daughter Molly and son Arron have spoken of the heartache following their loss.
The brother and sister from Summerville Close, Connah’s Quay, along with their mother Bethan Jones, told of their shock at receiving the devastating news 10 days ago.
Bethan described it as “horrendous”, adding the gap Mark had left behind in the family “will never be filled”.
She said Mark and Molly were like “two peas in a pod”. “They were extremely close.”
Molly says she will remember her dad with memories of “going on bike rides” and “horse riding”.
Arron said he has been shocked to learn how popular his dad was. “We were more like friends,” he said.
“We used to go for a pint together and he used to take me to the Wrexham games when I was younger.”
Arron added: “I just didn’t know how popular he was.”
Following the funeral to be held at St Mark’s Church in Connah’s Quay, and to be followed by committal at Pentrebychan Crematorium, two wakes will be held in Mark’s memory as he had “two sets of friends” – from Leeswood, where he was from originally, and in Deeside where he lived.
Bethan said she will remember her former partner as someone who would do anything for anyone.
“If he could help you out, he would,” she said.
“It was horrendous hearing what had happened. It is the last thing you ever expect to hear.”
Mark, a big football fan who followed Wrexham and Liverpool, was pronounced dead at the scene on Saturday, November 23. He worked for a cleaning company connected to Airbus.