'A happy and colourful person': Tributes to pensioner Ted Firth killed by lorry in Deal
Tributes have been paid to a pensioner killed by a lorry as he
crossed the road to catch a bus in Deal.
Ted Firth died after being hit by a truck heading towards
Walmer near Deal Castle
The 74-year-old, a member of Deal Pathfinders Club, was
described as a "happy and colourful person".
Friends said Mr Firth will be missed for his jokes and knowledge
at quiz nights in the town.
Deal Pathfinders secretary Pat Winder said: "Ted was a real Deal
character known by almost everyone in our town.
"He had been a member of Deal Pathfinders Club for almost 25
years and hardly ever throughout this time missed a club night.
"He was what you would call a very loyal member. He loved his
outings and our yearly holidays to Eastbourne.
"Ted was a very colourful character and had very strong views on
everything you cared to discuss with him. He had an abundance of
knowledge and if you had a quiz night you all wanted him on your
"He will be greatly missed, not only by Deal Pathfinders, but
also by the many people in Deal, who I'm sure will never forget
this lovable man."
Police at the scene of
the crash near Deal Castle
Entertainer Mandy Winters, patron of Pathfinders, said she
devastated when she heard about Mr Firth's death.
She added: "I have been patron for 12 years and during that time
he was a total joy to the club. He was so happy and we will miss
Mr Firth was a regular visitor to the town centre riding his
mobility scooter. He died on his way to catch a bus in Victoria
Road after walking from his home in Gladstone Road.
Mr Firth was a single man who lived alone. Flowers and
messages have been left at the bus stop by Deal Castle Paddock.
Police investigating his death have asked witnesses
who have not yet made contact to phone 01622 798538.
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