Christchurch man killed in UK by container
A recently engaged Christchurch man has died in the United Kingdom after he was struck by a falling one-tonne container.
David (Dave) James Randall Holloway, 35, died on January 8 after being struck or possibly crushed by a one-tonne container, which fell from a height of about six metres at a construction site in Colchester, Essex, where he was working.
Paramedics were called about 7.40am. Workers unsuccessfully tried to resuscitate Holloway but he was declared dead at the scene.
Close friend Ferg MacClure, of Christchurch, said the death was ''a huge shock''.
Holloway had been busy planning his wedding to fiancee Nicky McCloy.
They met in a bar a few years ago, and Holloway proposed last July.
The couple was to marry in South Africa in November, and a new home they were building in Colchester was nearing completion.
MacClure, who previously shared a flat with Holloway in Poplar St, visited the couple last August. He said his friend was the happiest he had ever been. They had already started planning his stag party.
''It's going to be so tough [for McCloy],'' MacClure said.
Holloway grew up in Christchurch and moved to the United Kingdom in 2010.
Holloway worked various jobs in London, including at World Vision, before moving to Colchester where he worked in crane construction, MacClure said.
''It was one of the best moves he made, to go over there.''
MacClure said his friend was ''tooth and nail your typical Kiwi bloke'' - big-hearted, generous and ''loyal as a pitbull''.
A drummer, Holloway loved music as well as sport, rugby and cars.
A red-head, he had ''ginger mentality'', MacClure said.
He was ''one of the funniest guys you could meet'', known for telling stories full of hyperbole.
''He was the best kind of friend you could have. He was one of my best friends. It's a massive shock. He's the sort of guy you think you'd be having a beer with at 50,'' MacClure said.
Family members from Christchurch were travelling to the United Kingdom for a funeral in London, where Holloway would be buried. A memorial service would be held in Christchurch later.
The JR Pickstock site is a £35 million (NZ$68m) development, which includes 700 student apartments, a gym, coffee shop and supermarket, the Maldon Standard reported.
The Health and Safety Executive and Essex Police were investigating, it said.
Holloway is survived by his parents, Jim and Joy, and his sisters, Kate and Kiri.
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