Tributes to young Uckfield butcher who died in a crash

The scene of the crash. Photo by Eddie Mitchell
The scene of the crash. Photo by Eddie Mitchell

Uckfield butcher Daniel Osborne, 25, died in a car crash near Horam at 7am on Monday morning (December 29).

Dan was on his way to work at the Framfield Road butcher’s shop D J Osborne Family Butchers and Simply Meat he ran with his wife, Kayleigh.

Emergency services, including Air Ambulance staff, were called to the scene of the accident in Furnace Lane, Lions Green.

As well as Kayleigh, Dan leaves his four-week-old baby daughter, Sophie.

Kayleigh has posted tributes to her young husband on the Osborne’s Facebook site and a site called RIP Daniel Osborne has already received 4,000 ‘likes.’

She said his 4x4 Land Rover Defender had hit a sheet of ice and then a tree.

She insists the shop will stay open to fulfil Dan’s dream. She said: “We will continue trading to keep his legacy alive. Thank you for all your support at this hard time.”

On the Facebook site, Kayleigh went on: “I have made this Facebook page for Dan. I would really appreciate it if everyone could Like Dan’s page and Share. Keyleigh and Sophie are going to need everyone’s love so please do it for them. As you can imagine we are totally heartbroken.”

Daniel had worked at Heathfield High Street butchers Pomfrets for eight years before he began his own business. Staff member Colin Knight said: “He was a friend to everybody. The nicest guy. He never had a bad word to say about anyone.”

On the shop’s Facebook page, Kayleigh wrote on Monday: “It saddens me beyond belief to inform all our customers that Daniel Osborne, my fantastic husband and loving father to our four week old baby daughter Sophie passed away this morning in a car accident.”

Sadly, it was on the shop’s Facebook page that the family announced the arrival of Sophie Jessica on November 30.

Dan’s colleague at the shop, Charlie Jones said: “Dan was the finest man ever. I have known him since I was 11. If I was on Desert Island Discs and Kirsty Young asked me what luxury I would take to a desert island, I would tell her ‘Dan’. Dan had helped and supported me from when we were children. I can’t believe he is no longer with us.” Alongside a moving photograph of mother, father and daughter, a Facebook post reads: “Best daddy Sophie could ever have, the day Sophie was born. Only one month ago. Taken too soon my beautiful husband. I will miss you so much.”

Police said temperatures at the time of the accident were below zero and ice had hampered emergency services attempting to reach the scene.

Furnace Lane was closed to traffic from its junction with the A265 at Sharp’s Corner, Horam..

Passers by who may have seen the accident or who may have other information should email: collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phone 101, quoting Operation Parksbury.