Tribute to great grandfather after fatal collision in Pitsea

Mick Ferris

The family of a man who died following a collision in Pitsea say he was a man of great “talent, kindness, skill, and intelligence” who had a “contagious laugh.

Ninety-two year-old George Ridges died following an incident involving a car in a car park in High Road shortly after 1.45pm on February 6.

In a statement his family said: “George had extraordinary knowledge and love of woodwork and built the entire furniture in their first home when he first got married to Sheila.

“He had green fingers and grew their own vegetables. Apparently, he had an adventurous spirit back in the late 1970s, he brewed his own wine and developed his own photographs.

“He also loved dancing and he and Sheila would go dancing at least five times a week. George was in many ways all the things we are proud of – unconventional, unpredictable often very funny and we have been privileged and fortunate enough to witness some incredible times!

“George began his barbering career in Tilbury 58 years ago, meeting a lot of interesting characters.

No one worked harder than George. He knew every aspect of the business.

“Let’s remember his laugh. His customers never had to wait long to hear it because George was always the life of the party. He was a man of such talent, kindness, capability, skill and intelligence.

“George was a dearly loved husband, father to three children, a granddad of five, great-granddad to six, and a friend to everyone that knew him.

“George was married to Sheila for 72 years and they lived in Tilbury for 58 years.”

Police are continuing to investigate the incident and need anyone with any information to come forward.

You can submit a report online at https://www.essex.police.uk or use the ‘Live Chat’ button to speak to an online operator between 7am-11pm.

Please quote incident 654 of February 6.

You can also call 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Mick Ferris

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