Tributes paid to Bury St Edmunds’ Eddie-o
Tributes have been paid to a ‘fun and generous’ man who died in a ‘terrible accident’ in Linton last week.
Camgrain site manager Edward Orlopp lost his life in an industrial accident at the grain storage facility in Cambridge Road on Wednesday.
A hazardous area response team, rapid response vehicle, ambulance crew, ambulance officer and East Anglian Air Ambulance were sent to the site following reports of a collision at around 5.15pm.
A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service Trust said: “Sadly, nothing could be done for a man at the incident and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Our thoughts are with his friends and family involved during this sad time.”
In a statement to members, Camgrain chairman John Latham said: “It is with great sadness I have to inform you that our long standing site manager, valued colleague and friend, Edward Orlopp, tragically lost his life in an incident at our Linton site.
“We are doing everything we can to support Edward’s family and colleagues at this very difficult and distressing time.”
Mr Orlopp – known by many as ‘Eddie-o’ – was a former member of the Suffolk Young Farmers’ group and had a ‘huge’ circle of friends.
Tory Lugsden, county organiser for the group, considered him a ‘very good friend’ and said he was the ‘kindest, gentlest, most caring man you could ever want to meet’.
She said: “He always had a smile on his face and was hugely generous with everyone who knew him. He was brilliant fun – he just loved life.”
Mr Orlopp, 47, lived alone in Bury St Edmunds but had seven godchildren and countless friends.
Mrs Lugsden said he was always ‘immaculately dressed’ and enjoyed fast cars, skiing, fishing and socialising.
“He was always at everything – he went to all the parties and was always the last man standing,” she said.
On Friday, Mr Orlopp’s friends comforted each other over a drink at The Woolpack, in Fornham St Martin, where they ‘reminisced about the great things that were Eddie-o’.
Mrs Lugsden said: “A lot of people are really struggling to come to terms with it. It’s been a huge shock and it’s going to take some getting used to. I think a lot of us still can’t believe it.”
The Health and Safety Executive sent an inspector to Camgrain on Friday and said it is assisting Cambridge Police with their investigation.