TRIBUTES have been paid to a “beautiful and likeable” man who died after a car crash.
James Rigby, 39, a tree surgeon from Llangollen, died at Wrexham Maelor Hospital after his black Land Rover Discovery crashed into a telegraph pole on the A539 in Penley at on Sunday afternoon.
Richard Gale, who owns Gales of Llangollen Wine Bar had been a neighbour of Mr Rigby’s for 15 years.
He said: “James was a very likeable man and very down to earth. He worked as a tree surgeon and was an outdoor type.
“He’d come into the bar here for food and drink but I mainly knew him as a neighbour.
“He was very charming and knowledgeable and just an all round nice guy.
“I was shocked to hear the news. It’s all so very sad.”
Mr Rigby was well known in the Llangollen area, with people in the town describing him as an outgoing and sociable man.
Roger Blount, who used to drink in the local pubs with Mr Rigby, said: “He was a beautiful guy, the life and soul of the party.”
Chris Smith, who owns the Cottage Craft and Cards shop in the town, said: “James was such a friendly man and he would always talk to you.
“You knew that if you bumped into him in the street he would have a good chat with
“He was just a real friendly bloke and it is such a sad loss.”
North Wales Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident, which happened at about 2.40pm on Sunday, or anyone who may have seen the vehicle prior to the crash.
Witnesses should contact PC Threlfall at the Roads Policing Unit on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.