Tyne & Wear

Family pays tribute to Sunderland nurse Gordon Blair killed in A1 crash

A Sunderland man who died in a car crash in North Yorkshire was a "doting father", his family said.

Gordon Blair, 50, was hit by a lorry after stopping his car on the A1 near Allerton Park on Wednesday.

The lorry driver was arrested and later bailed pending further inquiries.

In a statement Mr Blair's family said the psychiatric nurse was a doting father to his son Archie and an "inspirational brother."

The statement, released by North Yorkshire Police, added: "We are all truly devastated by Gordon's sudden and tragic death.

'Many friends'

"We would like to thank the emergency services for all the support we have received at this very difficult time.

"Gordon trained very hard for a career in nursing in which he specialised as a psychiatric nurse.

"For many years Gordon lived in Bristol where he had many friends, during these years Gordon graduated from the University of West England with a law degree.

"Whilst studying law Gordon had a short break from nursing but returned a few years later.

"Gordon had a love for sightseeing and visiting historic places like York Minister.

"He was a doting father to his two-year-old son Archie, a loving son and inspirational brother."

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