Tributes paid to family in fatal aircraft crash

The Garvey family: Amateur pilot Philip, wife Ann, daughter Emily and son Daniel

The Garvey family: Amateur pilot Philip, wife Ann, daughter Emily and son Daniel

Tributes have been paid to a former Birmingham couple and two of their children who died in a tragic light aircraft crash.

Amateur pilot Philip Garvey, 56, wife Ann, 55, daughter Emily, 23, and 20-year-old son Daniel died when their six-seater plane came down in a field in Somerset on Saturday November 14.The couple were travelling from Surrey to Devon to visit their daughter Charlotte for their granddaughter’s birthday party.

Mr and Mrs Garvey lived in Woking, while Daniel was a student at the University of Birmingham.

They were parishioners at St Dunstan’s Church in Woking and parish priest Canon Frank Harrington paid tribute to the family.

He had known Mr Garvey for around 20 years and said the parish was “devastated” by the news.

He said: “It’s a tragedy. A huge tragedy. The whole area and the whole parish is devastated. Nobody can get their heads around it.

“They were a lovely family and were highly respected. What can we say? Why do these things happen? I don’t know. We will have to wait for the official report.

“Philip was very involved with the music at mass, where he played the guitar.

“I have known him for around 20 years and I have seen the family grow up.

“They were a lovely family. Sociable, pleasant, very nice. They will be sorely missed.”

The family formerly lived in Acocks Green and a former neighbour said she was shocked by the tragedy.

She said: “They were very well respected members of the community. He used to have a band and used to play in church. He was very involved in the church.”

Mr Garvey, a technology company director, went to St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School in Kings Norton and later moved to Woking in Surrey. He had family roots in Glenamaddy, County Galway.

Both the couple’s parents still live in the Birmingham area.

They are also survived by daughter Laura and son Mark, as well as Charlotte, who posted a photograph of the family with the words: “We are absolutely devastated and love you all so much xxx’.”

Friends of Daniel, who was studying English at the University of Birmingham , took to social media to pay tribute.

Fellow English student Kirstie Sutherland wrote on Facebook: “A wonderful person, inside and out. Already missing you so much, Dan.”

Isabelle Weller added: “Thank you Dan for always making us laugh and brightening everyone’s day. We will miss you deeply x.”

Daniel worked at student record label New Street Records, which also paid tribute to Daniel on Faceboook.

Kishan Bodalia, director of the student record label, posted: “At New Street Records, we always call ourselves a family, because we are one.

And today, we are hurting after tragically losing our brother, Dan.

“We have truly been shocked. Dan touched the lives of many of us, as such a thoughtful, loyal and kindhearted friend.

“You were a pleasure to meet Dan, and you will always be in our memories. Rest in peace.”