Wife pays tribute to tragic husband

A WIFE has paid tribute to her “happy-go-lucky” husband who was found dead in the cab of his lorry after a collision with two other vehicles.Tom Kent, 48, of Redisham, near Beccles, is thought to have suffered a heart attack on a journey to collect a consignment of pigs.

By David Green

A WIFE has paid tribute to her “happy-go-lucky” husband who was found dead in the cab of his lorry after a collision with two other vehicles.

Tom Kent, 48, of Redisham, near Beccles, is thought to have suffered a heart attack on a journey to collect a consignment of pigs.

His lorry was involved in a collision with two cars on the A143 road at Stuston, near Eye, close to its junction with the A140, on Friday.


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The road was closed for two hours as investigators worked at the scene.

Mr Kent's wife, Teresa, visited the scene of the accident after being informed by phone about the tragedy.

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She said yesterday that her husband had appeared to be fit and healthy.

“I cannot remember the last time he went to the doctor. He had to be fit to do his job because it involved a lot of physical work,” she said.

She described her husband as a friendly, happy-go-lucky man who always had a smile on his face. “Everyone liked him,” she said.

Mr Kent, who also leaves three daughters, aged 20, 18 and 17, had been involved in the farming industry all his life.

His father had been one of the founders of D. Blowers Limited, the well-known Halesworth-based livestock haulage firm.

Mr and Mrs Kent formerly ran a 1,700 head pig farm at Rumburgh but the business was wiped out as a result of the swine fever and foot-and-mouth outbreaks.

They moved to Redisham 18 months ago although Mr Kent still played darts for the Rumburgh Buck team. He was a former member of Halesworth Young Farmers' Club.

None of the occupants of the two cars involved in Friday's crash was hurt.

Suffolk police are still appealing for witnesses of the accident to contact them at force headquarters on 01473 613500.

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