A DOCTOR'S wife was given the heartbreaking news of her husband's death as she recovered in hospital from injuries sustained in the road accident that killed him.
Ex-Accrington GP Ian Gavin, 76, died at the scene of the crash on the notorious A59 Preston-Skipton road 10 days ago.
His wife Elaine, 66, was airlifted to the Royal Preston Hospital, but her injuries are not as serious as was first thought. She was yesterday (Thursday) described as "comfortable" after suffering a broken nose and rib and severe bruising.
Her son-in-law Daryl Cuddihy said: "She has been told the bad news and has taken it as well as could be expected in the sad circumstances. She is making an excellent recovery and the staff have all been fantastic in looking after her."
The funeral will be delayed until she is well enough to attend.
Dr Gavin, of Balmoral Road, Accrington, died after his Nissan Almera saloon was in collision with a Vauxhall Corsa near the Sabden turn-off, an accident blackspot.
Mr Cuddihy, a civil engineer for Accrington-based MDC Groundwork, said: "Ian was a wonderful man with a great sense of humour and we were all very close. He was a real gentleman.
"He was also very good company, with many friends, and I know he will be sadly missed by a lot of people. We have received many sympathy cards.
"He loved steam trains and going for walks in the countryside. He loved the outdoors and was always very active for his age."
Dr Gavin came to Accrington in the mid-1950s and took over a surgery in Avenue Parade.
He was one of the first doctors to move into the Peel House Medical Centre in 1969 and was a tireless supporter of the East Lancashire Hospice, where he worked one day a week for 15 years on a voluntary basis.
Mr Cuddihy is married to Dr Gavin's stepdaughter Janice and they have three children, Christopher, 17, Daniel, 16, and five-year-old Alexander.