Published: 00:00, 21 July 2005
A FATHER from a Kent village is mourning the death of his 30-year-old son who died in last week’s terrorist attacks in London.
It's been confirmed that Jamie Gordon, a financial administrator, was one of the victims of the bus bombing in Tavistock Square.
His father, David, lives in the small village of Downe, near Biggin Hill.
The son lived in Enfield, with his girlfriend of seven years, Yvonne Nash.
The family issued a statement saying: "Jamie was a kind, caring person who always put other people first. His great sense of humour and personable nature put him centre stage with family and friends.
"He loved life - but didn’t take it too seriously. He was very much in love with Yvonne and finally settling down with plans for a wedding and family."
He grew up in Zimbabwe, where he developed a love for horse-riding and tennis. He also enjoyed ski holidays with his family and was an accomplished guitar player and singer.
His family added: "Jamie touched many people’s lives and the response to this tragedy is overwhelming. The family would like to express their thanks to the police family liaison officers, Det Con Bernie Looney and Det Con Sam Tatton, assigned since Saturday night."
Following the terrorist attacks, they had searched the city’s hospitals for Mr Gordon, in the hope that he was only injured.
He was last heard of when he made a call on his mobile to say he had boarded a bus because of train disruptions.
Shortly afterwards, the number 30 bus he was travelling on had its roof torn off by a suspected suicide bomber. His mobile was found in the wreckage.
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