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Memorial for Lowestoft man who died in road crash

PUBLISHED: 12:34 02 October 2015 | UPDATED: 12:34 02 October 2015

David Smith unveils a plaque and tree in memory of his son Steve who was killed in Lowestoft earlier this year.

David Smith unveils a plaque and tree in memory of his son Steve who was killed in Lowestoft earlier this year.

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A memorial was unveiled in honour of a popular man who died in a road accident earlier this year.

David Smith unveils a plaque and tree in memory of his son Steve who was killed in Lowestoft earlier this year.David Smith unveils a plaque and tree in memory of his son Steve who was killed in Lowestoft earlier this year.

Lowestoft’s Gunton community gathered alongside members of Scott Smith’s family to unveil a tree and a plaque outside the Village Rise shops, where the 35-year-old was well-known for his friendly nature.

Mr Smith, of Shadingfield Close, Lowestoft, died when he was involved in a collision with a vehicle in Tom Crisp Way in July.

His death sent shockwaves through the community, with many people ‘liking’ a Facebook page set up in his memory and thousands of pounds raised in fundraising.

Scott’s father Dave Smith thanked those who turned out on Saturday to pay their respects.

“It is about Scott today and we have done Scott proud,” he said.

“He was loved by so many people.”

A one-minute round of applause was held in Scott’s honour and sweets were handed out to the children in attendance.

More than £600 was raised through donations from people in the area to local shops. Three lots of £200 will individually go to Mencap, Befriending and the Kirkley & Pakefield disabled football club, all organisations which Mr Smith supported.

The remaining funds were used for organising the event.

Wendy O’Dwyer, the owner of Village Rise Newsagents, has been collecting money in store to donate to the charities Scott supported.

“He was in here every day,” she said.

“We all miss him. I miss his cheekiness more than anything.”

Vikki Tinsley, the finance and office manager for Befriending, said: “We would like to express our enormous thanks for the donation raised in kind memory of the late Scott Smith.

“He was a much-loved member of the befriending scheme.”

Are you organising a fundraising event in Lowestoft? Email george.ryan@archant.co.uk

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