Tributes to "devoted husband and loving father" David Gregory who died in Bournemouth crash (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Father-of-two David Gregory died when his car crashed into wall on Asda roundabout
THE man killed when his car crashed into a wall in Bournemouth town centre has been described as “a devoted husband and loving father”.
David Gregory, 53, was at the wheel of his Jeep when the tragedy took place at the Bournemouth Station roundabout shortly before 6am on Thursday.
Mr Gregory, who has not yet been formally identified, was taken to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, but died shortly afterwards.
A father-of-two, Mr Gregory was a member of Boscombe Salvation Army.
Paying tribute with the blessing of Mr Gregory's family, Major Ray Begley, from the Boscombe Corps, said: “The Salvation Army Boscombe Corps are deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic death of David Gregory.
“David was a devoted husband and loving father. David was a very professional man who worked in the City of London.
“He was fine member of The Salvation Army, who especially supported the Boscombe Songsters by looking after their business arrangements.
“When a member of The Salvation Army dies, we say they have been 'Promoted to Glory'. This is a statement of total faith and belief in heaven.
“David Gregory will be greatly missed by all who knew him and loved him.”
It is thought that Mr Gregory was company secretary of a firm called The Cleaning Biz Bournemouth and had previously been involved in Concerto Networks, a computer services company based in Bournemouth.
Mr Gregory also served on the council of Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry for several years, said chief executive Peter Scott.
“He served the Dorset Chamber diligently; I remember him as a thoroughly nice chap, and he will be a loss to the business community as well as to his family and friends,” he added.
He also wrote a blog online about the relationships between parents and teenagers.
In his biography accompanying the site, Mr Gregory wrote that he was a dad of two grown-up children, one of which is married.
The road was closed on Thursday for around five hours while accident investigators combed the scene to try to find out what happened and why. The investigation is ongoing.
An inquest into the death is due to be opened early next week.
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