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Northfleet family's grief at death of 'wonderful husband' John Taylor killed in van tragedy in Perry Street

A family have today paid tribute to a "wonderful husband, father and grandfather" killed when he was hit by a van in Northfleet.

John Taylor, 76, died after he is believed to have fallen into the path of a reversing Hyundai van while crossing Perry Street.

Mr Taylor, from Northfleet, was struck outside Tesco Express - less than a five minute walk from his home in Wycliffe Row.

John Taylor died in Perry Street, Northfleet

He was pronounced dead at the scene, at about 7.55am on Wednesday, August 13.

In a statement released through police today, his family said: "We are deeply saddened by the tragic and unexpected loss of a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He will be greatly missed."

An inquest into his death has been opened by North West Kent Coroner's office.

Emergency services at the scene of the crash in Northfleet

Mr Taylor's cremation will be held at Medway Crematorium at 2pm on Thursday, with all who knew him welcome to attend.

His family have asked for donations - instead of flowers - to the Ellenor Lions Hospice, c/o The Co-operative Funeral care, 127A Milton Road, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 2PJ.

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