MUCH MISSED: De­voted dad al­ways had time for oth­ers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News - by Michael DeFroand mde­froand@thek­m­

A FOND farewell will be said to­day (Thurs­day) to a loving fa­ther who died in a mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent on Char­ing Hill last week.

A ser­vice for Bid­den­den born and bred Kerry Dixon, 38, will be held at Char­ing Cre­ma­to­rium at 2.40pm.

His death leaves an ir­re­place­able gap in the lives of those clos- est to him, such as his mother Ross Rogers, fa­ther Keith Dixon and sis­ter Melissa Hard­ing.

Mrs Rogers said: “He was a boy who en­joyed life. He was so happy and had the big­gest heart any­one could have.

“He al­ways had time for other peo­ple.”

Mr Dixon, a for­mer Home­wood School pupil and fa­ther to a nineyear-old son and four-year-old daugh­ter, died at the scene of the ac­ci­dent at about 8.55pm on Oc­to­ber 11.

Mrs Rogers added: “He was the most de­voted fa­ther. He would come home from work and play with the chil­dren, give them their tea and bath and read them a story ev­ery night.”

Melissa Hard­ing re­mem­bers her younger brother, who worked for a plas­ter­ing firm and who re­cently re­turned from a fam­ily hol­i­day in Greece, as hard work­ing, pop­u­lar and up­beat.

She said: “He was my ab­so­lute soul mate.

“He could cope with things and noth­ing ever got him down. He was al­ways so jolly.

“He would talk to strangers and wher­ever we went he would know some­one.”

Well known in Bid­den­den and with friends in Chil­ham to which he had re­cently moved, Mr Dixon had a tremendous en­thu­si­asm for mo­tor­cy­cles and an ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of mu­sic.

Mrs Rogers re­mem­bers his car­ing at­ti­tude.

She said: “At one time I was in a job that I re­ally hated. He came round and said, ‘Mum, hand in your no­tice and I’ll look af­ter you.’

“I said, ‘Thanks, but I can’t do that’.”

Mr Dixon’s many friends and col­leagues are in­vited to send flow­ers and do­na­tions will go to­wards Mr Dixon’s chil­dren’s trust funds.

Fug­gles of Ten­ter­den are han­dling the fu­neral.

Flow­ers have been left at the scene of the ac­ci­dent at the junc­tion of Pil­grims Way and Char­ing Hill

Kerry Dixon, 38, from Bid­den­den, who was killed in a mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent last week

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