A young father who survived a horror accident that killed his wife and three of their children said he would “think about the fun we had as a family with the feeling of sadness that it was cut so short “.
Josh Powell said there would be “many battles” but he wanted to “thank everyone who stood by my side” and his 18-month-old daughter Penny, who also crashed the A40 near Oxford on October 12 survived.
In a statement from the Thames Valley Police, 30-year-old Powell paid tribute to his wife, 29-year-old blogger Zoe Powell, eight- and four-year-old daughters Phoebe and Amelia, and six-year-old son Simeon.
In a touching tribute, Mr. Powell said: “I have been blessed with four wonderful children whose thirst for life and adventure preoccupied me, but in the best possible way.
“When I look to an uncertain future, I think about the fun we had as a family with the feeling of sadness that it was so short.”
Zoe Powell of Chinnor, Oxfordshire, was killed in a traffic accident along with three of her children.
Mr Powell described his wife, previously from Sheffield, as a “dreamer”.
He said, “Me and Zoe were as different as we are.
“Despite the frequent tensions this would create, having such different worldviews was of immense benefit.
“Our children benefited from having adventures, but also the peace and quiet to talk. Zoe was a dreamer; with a mind that had new things to tell or stories to tell. Most of all, we formed a great partnership around a family to found.”
Mr. Powell also shared moving words about his children.
He said Phoebe was “her mother’s role model,” who enjoyed exploring the world.
He said, “She was smart and able to make great leaps of the imagination – her great Lego creations are proof of that.”
He said Simeon was “just like his father” and had “a mischievous sense of humor and a desire to learn more about the world”.
Mr Powell said, “As an avid athlete, he should have his first soccer game this week.
“He shared the kind heart of his sisters and would not be happier than if he knew everyone is fine.”
He described Amelia as “kind and spirited” who had “tenderness and thoughtfulness much further than her years”.
The grieving father said, “Your ability to dance and express yourself has been a real blessing with an abundance of confidence.
“She was not tied to any element of practicality and had the most vivid imagination.”
Mr. Powell also paid tribute to those who “rushed to put their arms around us to support me and Penny”.
He said, “As a family that has always preferred to be quiet and brief, it was a revelation that deep relationships are beneficial, now I’ve lost my immediate nuclear family.
“There are many battles ahead, and I thank everyone who has stood by me and Penny so far.
“We are well supported and we know if something is needed.
“Now is the time to readjust and grieve. This is the challenge of the abundance of loss we feel as a family.
“Thank you to those who respected our space and supported us so far and gave us the time and space to do this.”
The family was traveling on the A40 when they collided with the truck near Oxford on Monday night last week.
The truck driver, a 56-year-old man, suffered minor injuries and has fully cooperated in the investigation.
The tragedy came months after the Powell family “lost everything” when they were forced into temporary accommodation after a fire at their home in Chinnor, South Oxfordshire.
Friends, neighbors, and members of churches where family members visited regularly referred to the Powells as “delightful” people.
A crowdfunding site set up by a colleague of one of Mr Powell’s railroad workers raised well over £ 125,000.
It is available at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/andrew-welsford
Anyone with dashcam footage or information about the crash is asked to contact the police.