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Big turnout for crash dad's farewell

PUBLISHED: 18:07 03 September 2008 | UPDATED: 10:03 23 August 2010

MOURNED: Tom Hole.

MOURNED: Tom Hole.

THE funeral of a 96-year-old man who was knocked down and killed in a traffic accident at the end of his driveway has taken place. Tom Hole, of South Street, Meopham, was struck by a car while he was on his way to pick up a morning paper on August 14.

THE funeral of a 96-year-old man who was knocked down and killed in a traffic accident at the end of his driveway has taken place.

Tom Hole, of South Street, Meopham, was struck by a car while he was on his way to pick up a morning paper on August 14.

More than 85 relatives and friends attended the emotional service at Medway Crematorium, Chatham, last Thursday.

The retired electrician left the house he shared with his daughter Pamella Cleggett and her husband Raymond at about 9.15am.

He was knocked down after stepping out on the road to look past a parked pick-up truck and died at the scene as his daughter comforted him.

Mrs Cleggett, 69, said: "It was a lovely service, it went off really well. He had a lot of his friends and colleagues there which was wonderful. There was also a lot of support for me."

Mr Hole was born in Poplar, London and moved to Meopham in 1945. He was a well-loved member of the local community and is described by those that knew him as a 'true gentleman'.

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