"He'll be sorely missed" - Son's tribute to father killed in collision on Christchurch High Street (From Bournemouth Echo)
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"He'll be sorely missed" - Son's tribute to 79-year-old father Stan Rogers, killed in collision on Christchurch High Street
"He'll be sorely missed" - Son's tribute to elderly man killed in collision on Christchurch High Street
SHOCKED family and friends of a 79-year-old man who died after being involved in a collision with a lorry have said he will be “sorely missed”.
He lived in Harbour Road, Southbourne, close to Hengistbury Head, and his death has shocked those who knew him.
Speaking to the Daily Echo yesterday, Mr Rogers’ son, Sheldon, paid tribute to his father on behalf of his family, which includes Sheldon’s brother Ashley and grandchildren Cameron and Brandon.
“He will be sorely missed by all of the family and he was known and well-liked in the area,” Sheldon said.
“He loved Christchurch and lots of people knew him.”
One of Mr Rogers’ neighbours, Karen Hopcutt, added: “He was a lovely old gentleman and it’s such a shock. He used to go off on the bus. It’s awful; he was going across the road to catch the bus when it happened.”
Mr Rogers was a regular at St Nicholas Church near his home and yesterday the congregation remembered him.
After the service, churchgoer Liz Christopher said: “We shall miss him very much. He would mix in with the children here as well.”
Natalie Greenfield, left, added: “We used to save him a biscuit. He always seemed happy.”
Lisa Clark said: “He liked being part of the church. We will miss him being around.”
Church warden Mike McMenamin added: “He used to come on church trips, we’re all shocked.”
Stan Rogers, who has not yet been formally named as the victim, was crossing the road on Friday with his walking frame when tragedy struck.
Emergency services were called to the High Street at 11.50am and it remained closed until 4.15pm.
Mr Rogers was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to Royal Bournemouth Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
The lorry driver was spoken to by police but has not been arrested.
Witnesses are asked to call Dorset Police on 101 and ask for 2016 PC Jones, quoting reference 20:169.
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