A fleet of Subarus paid a touching tribute to a car-loving father-of-three ahead of his funeral.
Barry Carmon, known as Baz, from Belford, was killed in a head-on collision on the A1 at Newton on the Moor on the evening of Saturday, April 8.
Police believe a Ford Transit van was travelling south on the northbound carriageway and the Subaru Impreza, driven by 30-year-old Baz, was travelling north on the northbound carriageway when the crash occurred. The van’s two occupants were injured.
The devoted father has left behind three young children, as well as parents Carol and Willie, and brother Stephen.
One of Baz’s biggest passions was cars, particularly Subarus. And last Saturday, fellow motor enthusiasts paid their respects ahead of his funeral, with a convoy of Subarus following the hearse from Berwick to Belford.
The service was held at the village’s St Mary’s Church, followed by the wake at The Salmon Inn, where Baz used to drink.
On Facebook, his family posted: ‘It has been a very difficult few weeks for us all.
‘Barry was taken far too soon, he was in the prime of his life. We would like to thank everyone for all their support.
‘This is only the beginning, we still have a long road ahead of us.
‘He has left three beautiful children behind to be his legacy and Barry is now cruising with the angels.’
The Subaru tribute was organised by his cousin Robin Foulis. The 42-year-old was in the first Subaru behind the hearse, with Baz’s brother.
Robin said: “I would like to thank all the Subaru owners who came to give Baz the send-off he deserved.
“I was lost for words with how many turned up and how well it went.”
Hundreds of vehicles met at Berwick and travelled down the A1, as part of a poignant car meet and drive-out. During the tribute, Subarus passed through Belford and revved their engines.
Some of the vehicles that attended bore the poignant words ‘cruising with angels, Baz 1986-2017’, and his family were overwhelmed by the gesture.
Baz fell in love with cars from a young age and his parents told the Gazette how their beloved son used to go to rallying events.
His hero was the legendary driver Colin McRae, who produced memorable performances for the Subaru World Rally Team.
Baz also loved online computer gaming. He was part of the United Kingdom Elite Gentleman’s Gaming Club (UKE), which would build games and share them online.
Following his death, the club changed its cover photo on its Facebook page, showing a picture of the father-of-three and bearing the words: ‘dedicated to our fallen brother UKE Baz’.
Baz also adored his one-year-old Labrador Sky and had recently taken up clay-pigeon shooting and was getting rather good.
He was a delivery driver for Trotters Family Bakers, in Seahouses, and his parents said that he was enjoying the job.
In memory of Baz, his family has started an online fund-raising page – at tinyurl.com/kpo2ba3 – for Make-A-Wish.