Tributes have been paid to a well-respected former road safety professional from the north west, who sadly and unexpectedly passed away on 27 September aged 63 years.
Don Isherwood started his road safety career at Wigan Council in 1978, followed by spells at Lancashire County Council and Manchester City Council.
In 1990, Don joined Salford City Council, where he was to spend the next 21 years of his professional life – rising to the position of road safety manager.
Following redundancy in 2011, Don spent two years at Blackburn with Darwen Council, before retiring in 2013.
Throughout his career, Don was an active member of the Institute of Road Safety Officers (IRSO) – which merged with Road Safety GB to create The Academy in 2013 – and of the Road Safety GB North West Group.
Don was awarded a fellowship for his immense contribution to IRSO both nationally and in the north west.
He played a key role in the development of the professional training course for road safety professionals previously offered by Manchester College, and known as the MANCAT course.
Don was a keen photograher and used his talents to help produce road safety campaigns in Greater Manchester and for the Road Safety GB North West Group.
Jill Winstone, a now retired former colleague who worked alongside Don in Salford’s road safety team, has paid tribute to a ‘committed and dedicated’ professional.
She said: “Don did an amazing job as road safety manager at Salford and was immensely respected by all who knew him.
“All of his colleagues in the north west will remember his commitment and dedication to road safety, along with his dry, quick and hilarious sense of humour. Don will be sadly missed.”
Sarah Collins, senior road safety officer at Cheshire West and Chester Council, added that Don was “immensely respected by all who knew him”.
Don’s funeral will be held on 24 October at Overdale crematorium, Overdale Drive, Bolton, BL1 5BU (11am). Afterwards at the Regent Park Golf Club, Links Road, Bolton, BL6 4AF. Due to the unexpectedly high number of people catering may be limited.