Former colleagues of Nick O’Brien, who died with his wife in a Staffordshire plane crash on Friday, have described him as a “great worker, a popular guy and a good friend”.
Newlyweds Nick and Emma O’Brien and pilot Alan Matthews were killed when the light aircraft they were in crashed next to railway lines near the village of Little Haywood.
Mr O’Brien, 35, from Shirley, Solihull, and 29-year-old Mrs O’Brien, were married in August and were parents to 18-month-old son Joel.
Mrs O’Brien was also mother to Callum, aged ten, from a previous relationship.
The managing director of Tyseley-based MV Kelly, where Nick worked until last summer, said the 250-strong workforce was devastated by news of the deaths.
He was the purchasing and procurement manager for the civil engineering firm.
Paul Whelan said: “Nick only left last summer after spending seven years with us. He was still very friendly with everybody here and carried on playing football with us when he left.
“He was such a popular guy, a good friend and very well thought of by everyone who knew him. It is so tragic.
“He was a very, very good employee and this is a difficult time for all of us. One of our other employees is married to his wife’s sister and he is off this week and helping to care for the children.
“It is so difficult for everybody and we want to extend our sympathies to the families of all three victims.”
Walsall pilot Alan Matthews owned the Piper Cherokee plane. His wife, Jenny Matthews, said: “He was loving, caring and would help anybody. He was an experienced pilot and loved his flying.’’