A loving and popular grandad who died after popping out for his morning paper - leave your tribute to Bill Mountain here (From Echo)
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A loving and popular grandad who died after popping out for his morning paper - leave your tribute to Bill Mountain here
THE devastated wife and daughters of a "dedicated family man" who died after he was struck by a car in Benfleet have paid tribute to the well-known member of the community.
William Mountain, 83, had just left his home in High Road and was on his way to buy his morning paper when he was hit by a black BMW on Monday.
Paramedics took him to Southend Hospital for treatment but he later died.
Mr Mountain, known as Bill, had lived in Benfleet since moving from London more than 50 years ago.
The retired sewing machine engineer, who worked in the clothing industry, was a well-known face in the area.
His beloved Yorkshire Terrier Honey, who he was regularly seen walking, passed away just weeks before the tragic accident, which took place at around 7.10am on Monday.
In a joint statement his widow Joyce, 79, and their four daughters said: "Bill grew up in London, the youngest of seven children and is survived by one sister. He leaves a wife Joyce, four daughters and five grandchildren who will all miss him very much. He was often seen walking in the High Road area with his Yorkshire Terrier, Honey, who sadly died a few weeks ago. Bill would walk daily to the shops for his paper, speaking with neighbours and people who knew him along the way.
"Bill was a dedicated family man, he lived for his family who were the most important part of his life, an avid reader and an armchair Tottenham Hotspur fan who enjoyed watching sport on television.
"Bill’s family would like to thank paramedics, Police and especially the people who assisted at the scene of the collision."
Arrangements are still being made for his funeral, but any flowers or donations to Prostrate Cancer Charity can be arranged through Stibbards Funeral directors based in Commonhall Lane, Benfleet.
A 28-year-old man from Canvey was arrested at the scene of the collision on suspicion of causing death by careless driving.
He has been released on police bail until Wednesday, January 22.
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