Norwich mum pays tribute to son one year after his death

A Norwich mum has paid tribute to her only son who was killed while crossing the road in Tasmania exactly a year ago.

Dave Hall, 43, pictured, who died on June 18, 2011, had an adventurous life, served in the French Foreign Legion and lived in New Zealand before moving to Tasmania. His mum, Pam Alden, from Dereham Road, said she and husband Terri, who was Mr Hall's stepfather, planned to emigrate to Tasmania to be with him and his two children, Elizabeth, who is 12 today, and Anastasia, nine. They hoped to be living together by December this year. She said he was a 'funny, popular and caring' son and the last words they said to each other were 'I love you and miss you'. Tragically, she was calling her son on his mobile phone when he was hit by a car. The driver did not face any charges. She last saw him in June 2010 when she travelled to Tasmania, and added: 'You were too young to be taken from us. Although for years we were miles apart nothing could break that special bond we had, and never will. Devastated does not touch how Terri and I feel about losing you, and it is only our promise to you, that we would look after your girls should anything happen to you, that will keep us from joining you. We will make sure your daughters never forget you.' Mr Hall was born in London, moved to Norwich with his family in 1979, and attended Bowthorpe school. In 1987, he joined the British sub aqua club, and worked as a scuba diver in Gibraltar the following year. In 1990 he worked in New Zealand and joined the New Zealand Underwater Association Inc. for diving, living with his uncle and family. He met his Australian wife when he joined the French Foreign Legion in 1991. They were married in 1995 and emigrated to Perth in Australia in 1996. He ran a company called Ozone Delivery service, selling drinks and snacks. Following his divorce he moved to Tasmania and worked in logistics. His funeral was attended by 36 people of which six were family, the rest friends and colleagues.

Would you like to pay tribute to a loved one in the Evening News? Call David Bale on 01603 772427, or email david.bale2@archant.co.uk.


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