A LORRY driver was given a heart-rending send off in an American-style truck by his family and friends.

The funeral of dad and husband Michael Abrahams - better known as Mick or Panda by his loved ones - was held on Thursday.

The 50-year-old died after being involved in a collision with a lorry at Harwich International Port on November 26, 2020.

His wife, Star, said Mick will be remembered for being a loving, caring and hardworking father and husband.


Mr Abrahams’ family always came first, and when he was not with them, he enjoyed working as a lorry driver.

Star, 44, said his dream was to drive a classic American-style lorry or be on the US television show Ice Road Truckers to cross frozen rivers to deliver supplies to remote Arctic territories in Canada and Alaska.

He applied to be on the show about a decade ago, but it would have involved being away from home for about sixth months at a time.

After discussions with Star, he decided to carry on working in the Harwich area as a lorry driver to remain close to his family.

To pay homage to Mr Abrahams’ passion for these American trucks, Star contacted Clive Shaw Trucking which was able to provide one for his funeral.


Star said: “Mick gave up on his dreams, but this lorry hearse has been part of Ice Road Truckers and is an American-style lorry.

“Now he can rest in peace in heaven knowing his last ride has been fulfilled.”

The truck started the journey in Parkeston Road, Dovercourt, and drove to Weeley Crematorium.

“The truck had specially-made glass so you could see Mick’s coffin and flowers,” Star said.

“I don’t think there could have been a better send-off for him.

“Everyone is still talking about it as they had never seen anything like it.”


Star said there were only 20 people allowed at Weeley Crematorium, but friends from all over the world could view the funeral online.

Star said she, and her children Rhea, 14, and Stevie, 11, are still trying to take each day as it comes.

“We are just trying to cope,” she said.

“Everyone says it will take time and the length is different for everyone.”