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Tribute to husband killed by tree
Richard Heard
Colleagues described Richard Heard as "a wonderful person"
The widow of the managing director of an airport who was killed when a tree branch went through his car window has paid tribute to her "best friend".

Richard Heard, 49, died on the B4373 in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, just minutes after leaving his home to start work at Birmingham International Airport.

He was one of 10 people to die as 80mph (128km/h) winds battered England.

Kay Heard said her family were devastated to lose someone who always found time for relatives and friends.

'Happy memories'

The couple, who have two daughters, 18-year-old Charlotte who is studying physiology at Oxford University, and Ellie, 14, were married for nearly 24 years after meeting as students at Southampton University.

Fatal crash scene
The accident happened as Richard Heard drove to work

"He was such a good man. A caring and loving person - a wonderful husband and father and also my best friend," she said.

"He had a very logical way of working things out and despite the fact that he worked the most incredible hours, he always had time for people - both family and others.

"He had 50 good years and made us all so happy. We have lots of good happy memories and we must be grateful for that."

A spokesman for the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry added that Mr Heard would be "greatly missed".

"He played a full and enthusiastic part in the fortunes not only of the airport but Birmingham business as a whole."

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