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Family’s tributes to ‘friendly face’ knocked down and killed outside Tesco in Riverhead

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The family of a 67-year-old man known as a “friendly face” to many in Sevenoaks have paid tribute to a kind and loving brother.
Patrick Foey was knocked down near the roundabout outside the Tesco superstore in Riverhead.

It was where the former catering assistant, who spent 35 years working for Madame Tussauds in London, would go to sit on a bench, enjoy a daily bacon butty and to say hello to the many who knew him.

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His brother-in-law, Peter Winders said the family had been touched by the many tributes left for Mr Foey both online and at the scene of the accident last month.

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Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses and dashcam footage which may help with their investigations into the cause of the accident which happened at around 1pm on Friday (August 20).

'We have been inundated by wellwishers'

A white Transit van was seen driving along the London Road shortly before the collision involving Mr Foey near the roundabout with Aisher Way.

Peter said Patrick, who suffered from mild learning difficulties, had moved into a flat in Ryedale in Dunton Green five years ago and had quickly become known to the community.

Floral tributes were left in London Road after the tragic crash

“He became a local and much-liked feature in the area and always had a kind word for anyone who talked to him, specially the Tesco staff and the mobile cafe by the round-about where the incident happened,” he said.

“We have been inundated by well wishers offering their sympathy on social media. You only have to look at the numerous bouquets of flowers at the scene to see how popular he was.”
He added: "He was so friendly and to see how much he meant to people has been great.

"It is nice to hear there was more to his life in Sevenoaks and to hear how he would sit and watch the world go by.”
Mr Winders said Mr Foey’s death had been a “terrible shock” to wife his Marilyn, her two brothers and his four nieces and nephews. He will be buried besides his parents in Ireland where he grew up, he added.

A 22-year-old man from Dartford was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and was released pending further enquiries.

Anyone with information or footage should Kent Police’s serious investigations unit on 01622 798538 or email sciu.td@kent.police.uk

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