TRIBUTES have been paid following the death of a 76-year-old man from Welwyn Garden City.

Vic Lindsey became trapped in between his car and a wall, off Bridge Road East, Welwyn Garden City, on Tuesday, October 11.

He was taken to the QE2 Hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Vic was born in Bethnal Green and was brought up in Buckhurst Hill, Essex. He was the elder brother of Don and sister, Joyce.

He went to Buckhurst Hill County High School before starting work in the City, aged 15. At 18, he embarked on his National Service for the RAF in Scotland.

After leaving the RAF, he trained as a teacher at Trent Park. His first teaching jobs were in Epping where he quickly progressed through the managerial ranks.

He became Deputy Head of Collenswood School in Stevenage and moved to Welwyn Garden City in 1983, when he became Head of The Howard School. Vic guided the school through its merger with Heronswood and was the Head of the newly-formed Sir John Newsom School until his retirement in 1995.

On retirement, he ran a small bed and breakfast business from his home.

His hobbies included involvement in the Welwyn Garden City Rotary Club (where he was twice President), writing reviews for the Ware Choral Society, membership of the Cabal, entertaining and going to musical concerts. He was also a very talented pianist who played in performances by Brookmans Park entertainment group 'The Breakaways,'

His five children would like to make the following tribute: “Dad was a big character – he knew his own mind, was very independent and was a very popular figure in Welwyn Garden City. He was a good, loyal friend to many people.

“He had six grandchildren and was a real family man, who loved the times when his family got together. He also had a hugely positive impact on many other people’s lives, especially during his time as Head teacher of Sir John Newsom.

“While he was at the school he made a lot of changes, overseeing a merger, and was well respected and liked by pupils and staff alike. He was always firm but fair, which is perhaps a reason why he was so popular. He was also very proud of all he had achieved at the school and looked back on his time there with great fondness.

“As a father, he was there for us, no matter what, and had a great sense of humour. We, and all of our children, will miss him very much indeed.”

Vic leaves behind children, Sean, George and Victoria in the UK, as well as daughter Isobel and son John in Australia.

Officers are investigating the accident and anyone with information can telephone the non-emergency number 101.