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Pub toasts ‘lovely guy’ after death in car crash
10:20am Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
A COMMUNITY is mourning the loss of much-loved Roger Jones, who died in a car crash at the weekend.
Emergency services were called to the crash on the A4300 in Great Rollright, near Chipping Norton, at about 11.20am on Saturday after a car left the road and hit a tree.
The 66-year-old, of Long Compton, near Shipston, died at the scene.
Staff and a few of the locals at the Red Lion pub in the village where Mr Jones was a regular visitor, raised half a pint of Hooky ale – his favourite tipple – in his memory on hearing the news.
Manager Lisa Phipps said everyone was still in shock.
She said: “He was a local here. He used to come in for a few pints most nights. We all knew him really well, it’s really, really sad. We’re absolutely shocked, we just couldn’t believe it. Roger was just such a lovely guy and he will be very sorely missed.
“He would clear the glasses or change a lightbulb just to give you a hand. He was a genuinely helpful. He lived here all his life. Later that night, taff and a few locals got together and had half a Hooky. That’s what he always drank.”
Mr Jones retired from Edmundson Electrical, in Oxford, last February after 31 years of service.
He leaves behind a brother and sister, as well as a cousin who lives in Long Compton.
His funeral is taking place in St Peter and St Paul Church, Long Compton, on Monday, September 30, at 11am.
Anyone with information on the collision can contact Thames Valley Police’s enquiry centre on 101, quoting URN 591 of 14/9.
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