The family of an 83-year-old man who died after a car crash in Wheathampstead said he was "one in a million".

John Lawrence died after the accident on the B635 Marford Road shortly before 11am on Saturday, July 27, when his blue Ford Fiesta collided with a tree.

John's wife Betty, son Steve and his wife Angela, and their four sons, aged between 21 and 30, all have fond memories of their husband, father and grandfather.

Steve and Angela said: "He was a real family man.  He was very close to his grandsons, they had a lovely relationship and they thought the world of him.  They always came over to see him and are devastated by his death. We can’t quite believe he is no longer with us.  

"Dad was one in a million. He was a very special man who would do anything for anyone as well as being the main carer for his wife, Betty. He was well-known and liked in the area and would always put himself out to give someone a lift or pick up some shopping for someone.  His neighbours are very upset about his death and have said how much they will miss his smile and friendly way."

John lived in Hatfield all his life spending the majority of his life working for British Aerospace as an engineering inspector after working on market stalls when he was younger.  Most recently, he worked for Hatfield Parish Council as a maintenance man.  

In his spare time, he used to go bowling at King George field, loved reading autobiographies and history books and doing crosswords.  He used to have dogs and would go to Christchurch for long weekends or week breaks.  

The family added: "We would like to say big thank-you to everyone for their overwhelming support and kindness over the last few days."

A service for John will take place on Monday August 11 at 4.15pm at Harwood Park Crematorium in Stevenage.  

The family has asked attendees to make donations to the Isabel Hospice.