THE widow of a man who died in a go-kart accident has described her late husband as ‘a very well loved man.’
Shelly Watson said Ian Frank Watson, nicknamed Knocker, was well-known and well-liked in Staincliffe and beyond.
Tributes described the 36-year-old, who died on August 24, as a family man who would do anything for anybody.
His willingness to help others ed to the catchphrase ‘everyone needs a Knocker’. The nickname was given to him as a child as he was the only person to use the big, fish-shaped knocker on his neighbour’s door when visiting their son.
Father to Jack, 10, Chloe, six and Mia, five, Ian was dedicated to his family and seen as a father-figure by other children on the estate. Shelly said: “My husband loved all the children, they played out with him. He was a big kid and had a fun-filled life.”
The 29-year-old met Ian when she was 13, when with friends at Oakwell Hall.
“We were best mates,” she said, “and it just grew from there.”
Shelly moved in with Ian three years later and the couple married on June 17 2000, on Ian’s 25th birthday. Just before the big day, Shelly discovered she was pregnant and in the same year, the couple moved into their Abbey Road home.
He was the youngest of three children. Ian leaves siblings Andrew and Michelle and parents Frank and Joan, of Birkenshaw, who ‘adored him’.
Ian was also a loving uncle to his eight nephews and five nieces, and a great-uncle to Andrew’s two grandchildren.
Andrew said: “My brother’s gone, so part of me has gone as well.”
Ian worked at Acorn Bathrooms since 1990 and enjoyed his job as a plumber and was well-loved by his bosses, Donald Hewitt and Colin Skipper.
“They thought the world of him,” said Shelly, who also works for the company. “He had a big role at work and he loved his job.”
Another of Ian passions was his ‘toys’ – quad bikes, go-karts and Jeeps.
Shelly said: “He bought Jack a quad bike for his second birthday, and also bought himself a road legal quad bike. That was his pride and joy. He was always out in the summer on it. He loved his toys.”
The father-of-three was also known for his relentless dry wit.
Shelly said: “He was a joker. Once you met him you’d never forget him.”
Ian’s family is still waiting to find out what caused the accident.
The funeral will be held today at 2.30pm at Dewsbury Crematorium. Bright coloured clothes to be worn.