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One in a million' cycling dad dies in road collision

PUBLISHED: 10:58 13 May 2010 | UPDATED: 11:42 23 August 2010

MOURNED: Peter Stubbs.

MOURNED: Peter Stubbs.

A LIFE-LONG competitive cyclist who was one in a million to his friends and family died after a road accident while out on his favourite bike. Friends say retired civil servant Peter Stubbs, of St Mary s Way, Longfield, would do anything for anyone

A LIFE-LONG competitive cyclist who was "one in a million" to his friends and family died after a road accident while out on his favourite bike.

Friends say retired civil servant Peter Stubbs, of St Mary's Way, Longfield, would "do anything for anyone"

Mr Stubbs, 58, was returning home after delivering a last-minute entry form to a cycling race when he was involved in a crash with a Hyundai in A20 London Road, Wrotham Hill, on Tuesday May 4.

Father of two Mr Stubbs was rushed to Royal London Hospital trauma unit where he later died from injuries which his wife Marion described as "devastating."

An inquest has been opened and adjourned, and police are appealing for witnesses.

Mrs Stubbs said they had been out cycling together earlier that day, and Mr Stubbs had gone off early evening to Vigo to meet the deadline for an entry to a 10-mile cycling race on May 22.

She said: "He was dressed in red. He never took risks and he was a very safe rider - I never worried about him going out on his bike. He was on his favourite bike, and he would have been enjoying his ride"

Their daughter Kate is getting married to fiancé Clifford Warne on August 13. "He was so looking forward to walking her down the aisle," said Mrs Stubbs.

She said locals were often knocking at the door of their home asking for bikes to be mended. Part-time mid-wife Mrs Stubbs said she is still coming to terms with her husband's death - they had been together since they met at a party in London in 1979.

Mr Stubbs had been cycling competitively since he was 15, collecting a huge number of medals, and he was treasurer of Catford and West Kent Cycling Club, to which he had belonged for many years.

Mrs Stubbs added: "Everyone has been saying how he was such a gentle man and a gentleman. He was very, very popular with everyone and would do anything for them. He was a friendly, quirky, funny, eccentric character - a one in a million.

"He was our life - he gave up work three years' ago to have more time with us. Everyone in the village has been absolutely fantastic - a testament to the love everyone had for him."

East Ham-born Mr Stubbs was a great West Ham fan, and the Hammers' anthem I'm forever blowing bubbles will be played at his funeral on May 21 at local St Mary Magdalene Church, where he was a sidesman.

His family also plan to meet his wishes for some of his ashes to be scattered over a French mountain on the Tour de France route.

tony.patey@archant.co.uk

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