Tributes to pensioner killed in accident

TRIBUTES have been paid to an Essex grandmother who died after she was in collision with a car in Clacton.

James Hore

TRIBUTES have been paid to an Essex grandmother who died after she was in collision with a car in Clacton.

Doris Cornwall had been walking in Station Road, close to its junction with Pallister Road, when the accident happened last Wednesday.

The 68-year-old mother-of-two from Clacton was in collision with a silver Mercedes Vito people carrier and was rushed to hospital but died the following day.


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Her family issued a statement today, saying how much she liked her life in the seaside town.

They said: “Doris loved Clacton, and in fact met her husband Tony on holiday in St Osyth in 1960s and was married in 1963 in Loughton Essex.”

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The couple were married for nearly 40 happy years and lived in Ilford and Buckhurst Hill before retiring to Clacton in 2001.

Mrs Cornwall always loved the area and found her “dream retirement home, location and friends”.

Her husband died in 2003 of a heart attack but Mrs Cornwall's family said she was “adamant” she would be staying in Clacton with her “wonderful friends”.

“Doris loved her social life she was an avid jive dancer and attended the Conservative and the Comrades clubs in Clacton on a regular basis.

“She had many friend at the clubs and locally. Doris had a very easy going outlook on life, was a strong, very independent person and will be missed by all who knew here.

“The family wish to thank all the friends that have helped through this difficult time including the exceptional support provided by the ambulance service including the helicopter crews, Queens Hospital, Romford and the police,” they said.

Before retiring she had worked in marine insurance in London and for Clinton Cards before retiring to Clacton.

The driver of the Mercedes, a 47-year-old local man, was arrested on suspicion of careless driving and he has been released on police bail until August.

Anyone with any information about the collision is asked to contact Pc Roger Manser at Stanway road policing unit on 0300 333 4444.

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