A BURTON manufacturing firm is in mourning following the death of a director who was killed when the Ferrari he was driving hit a tree.
Keith Poynton had spent 42 years of working for Briggs of Burton, having started as an apprentice on the shop floor in 1972, before his untimely death on Friday.
A statement released by Briggs said: “The depth of respect felt in engineering circles for Keith has been marked by many expressions of condolence and deep shock.
“He had 42 years’ service at Briggs at the time of his death and was engineering director and a major shareholder, having participated in a management buyout in 2008.
“Keith started as an apprentice on the shopfloor and was well respected by virtually everyone who knew him. He will be terribly missed by all his friends and work colleagues at Briggs.
“He was a very talented engineer and intimately associated with key project work undertaken for a wide range of blue-chip clients around the world.
“He was absolutely dedicated to bringing young engineering talent through the business and worked diligently to ensure these engineers achieved their full potential.”
The firm’s statement follows scores of other tributes, including from the cricketing world due to dad-of-two Mr Poynton’s links with Derbyshire CCC.
His youngest son Tom, a wicketkeeper at the club, was also injured in the crash in Caldwell Lane, Linton, and has now been discharged from hospital.
He is being supported by the cricket club’s doctor and physiotherapist, who are treating injuries to his legs.
The England and Wales Cricket Board supported Derbyshire’s decision to postpone their opening LV= County Championship game of the season against Leicestershire, which was due to take place on Sunday.
Simon Storey, Derbyshire CCC chief executive, said: “We are relieved Tom is now at home with his family and friends.
“The club will continue to do everything we can to support him in his rehabilitation, but the priority remains for now on supporting Tom and his family as they come to terms with the loss of Keith.
“The squad will return to The 3aaa County Ground with the full support of the family. There is a shared sense of loss across the entire club which we will face together.
“On behalf of the entire club, I would like to put on record our sincere gratitude for all the messages of support we have received at this difficult time.”
Mr Poynton leaves behind wife Sheena and another son, Adam.