The RNLI has paid tribute to a long-serving volunteer who was killed in an accident.
David Dawson, from Worthing, died following the crash of the A272 near Cowfold on Monday March 28.
The ‘extremely popular’ 83-year-old was a volunteer at Littlehampton RNLI and colleagues said everyone at the lifeboat station was ‘deeply saddened’ by his death.
A spokesperson said: ‘David has worked in many volunteer roles at the boathouse, including volunteer in the shop, boathouse manager and most recently as a member of the tours team.
“In this role, David showed the public, local schools, youth and adult organizations around the Lifeboat Station, where he told them all about the work of Littlehampton RNLI and important safety messages in sea.
“He will be remembered for his contagious smile, his inexhaustible knowledge of the RNLI and his friendly interaction with all who visited the lifeboat station.”
David was an avid golfer and a fan of Sheffield United Football Club.
Nick White, Littlehampton RNLI Director of Rescue Operations, said: ‘We were deeply saddened to learn of David’s passing.
“He was a regular presence at our rescue station where he held several roles.
“He was cheerful and loved to laugh – and took the boathouse banter in his stride. He will be missed.
“Our hearts go out to his family and the families of the other victims of this terrible accident.”
David leaves behind his two sons, four grandchildren and his sister.
His family describes him as “a much-loved father and a popular friend to all who knew him”.
His funeral was held on Friday April 22 at Worthing Crematorium.
A woman, Aimee Williams, 30, from Aylesford, Kent, also died in the accident, which involved a silver Ford Fiesta, a white Ford Fiesta and a Skania tipper truck.
Two other women, both aged 23, were seriously injured but Sussex Police said they were recovering well.
Two air ambulances were called to the scene, along with road ambulances, firefighters and police.
The road was closed in the evening while officers conducted an investigation.
Police investigating the collision are called on witnesses or anyone with footage of the incident to come forward by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org quoting Operation Banwell.
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This notice was published: 2022-04-26 09:34:48