Published: 16:00, 09 February 2018
A 90-year-old who died after being hit by a motorcycle has been named - as a man stands accused of causing his death.
Thomas Barron was struck in Northdown Road, Cliftonville on August 19, and died at the scene.
Now, a 24-year-old man from Ramsgate is due to appear in court to be charged with causing death by dangerous driving.
In a touching tribute, Mr Barron's family say he is greatly missed and is remembered for his "great optimism".
The statement reads: "Thomas Barron, known as Tom, retired from the Civil Service in London and moved to Margate in 1992 following the death of his wife, Mary.
"He had a long retirement and really enjoyed living by the sea and having his family to stay. He had twochildren and three grandchildren.
"Tom was the centre of the family and very much loved. Being a grandparent renewed Tom’s sense of joy, vivacity and curiosity.
"He delighted in the wonderful energy, goodness, gentleness and the sense of hope that his grandchildren have.
"He was happy to share in their exciting world of discovery, kindness and musical talents, playing instruments and singing in choirs.
"Tom had a strong belief in social justice and the ability of people to work together for the benefit of humankind.
"He will be remembered for his great optimism, his modesty, his encouragement to those he met and his ability to recognise only the most positive qualities of his family and friends.
"Tom was a cheerful man who looked on the sunny side of life and was grateful for his long life.
"Family and friends are saddened that Tom was taken away from us so suddenly but we are grateful that he had a long and happy retirement in Cliftonville.
"Tom is missed by all who knew him."
Peter Manzi, of St Luke’s Avenue, was issued with the notice of prosecution by officers from Kent Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit today.
As well as causing death by dangerous driving, Manzi is accused of causing death by careless driving whilst over the prescribed limit of drugs, causing death by while disqualified and causing death while uninsured.
He will appear at Margate Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, February 20.
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