The family of a pensioner killed in a car accident this week have spoken to the Advertiser about their shock and heartbreak.
Denis Glover, 92, died after the accident on Main Street, Stanton-by-Dale on Thursday.
A keen bee keeper and retired farmer Mr Glover lived in one of the Middlemore Cottages at Stanton-by-Dale.
His son, Sam, said: “We were all so shocked but are consoled by the that fact it was instant and he didn’t suffer.
“He was able minded and able bodied and very independent.
“He’d had a lovely day gardening doing what he loved, he wasn’t ill or anything like that.
“He loved life and he’d had a good life.”
Mr Glover lived alone after losing his wife Betty four years ago. The couple had three sons David, 55, John, 54, and Stephen, known as Sam, 51.
Mr Glover also had two grandsons, Matthew, 20, and William, 18.
Rosie, Sam’s partner, said: “He was a true gentleman. He was always laughing and smiling and he had so many friends, even at 92 he was still making new ones.”
“People couldn’t belive he was 92.”
Mr Glover was making his way home froma day gardening when the incident happened just before 6pm.
The former farmer was a familiar face in the village and sold his neighbours honey from bee hives he kept.
Sam said: “He would nip round and ask for the chainsaw and I’d ask him what he wanted it for so i was sure he wasnt going to use it himself and do too much.
“He said he wouldn’t be using it just telling his friends how to do things.
“He’d become a bit more of a technical advisor and instructor now he was older.
“He would help people out with their bee keeping, gardening and hedge laying.”
David added: “Sometimes you would ring him up and he wouldn’t be there for hours, he was always out and about doing something.
“He said to me about a year ago he couldn’t walk as far anymore as he used to do, I said to him ‘Dad your 91, maybe its time to slow things down a bit,’
“It was only a few years ago that he laid the hedge at the church. Hedge laying was his real passion.”
Originally from Chilcote, Leicestershire, Mr Glover will be buried in the village he called home after a service in Stanton-by-Dale for friends and family.
Rosie said: “I remember him telling me that he always wanted to be buried at Chilcote, he made me promise him that he would be.”
Mr Glover’s funeral will be held on Wednesday August 22 at St Michael and All Angels, Stanton-by-Dale, at 12noon.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision.
Anyone withinformation can call 01773 572929.