‘The nicest guy you could meet’ Ra­dio’s Gavin Ford re­mem­bered

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - By MELISSA JONES

FRIENDS and fam­ily of tragic Glouces­ter­shire DJ Gavin Ford have gath­ered in Le­banon for his fu­neral.

The former Chel­tenham res­i­dent was killed in his apart­ment close to the cap­i­tal Beirut on Novem­ber 27.

Two men, aged 27 and 23, have ad­mit­ted mur­der, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the Le­banese In­ter­nal Se­cu­rity Forces.

On Sun­day, Mr Ford’s loved ones at­tended a cer­e­mony at Beit Mery’s Mar Sas­sine Church to pay tribute to him, the Daily Star in Le­banon re­ported.

Fol­low­ing a ser­vice, the fu­neral pro­ces­sion pro­ceeded to a vault where his cof­fin was in­terred.

It was not clear whether the vic­tim’s body would be brought back to the UK, the pa­per said.

On Thurs­day, the In­ter­nal Se­cu­rity Forces ar­rested the sus­pects after a post-mortem re­vealed Mr Ford died from stran­gu­la­tion and fa­cial in­juries.

“The [sus­pects] suf­fo­cated him and hit him with a sharp de­vice un­til he lost con­scious­ness. They then left us­ing [Ford’s] car,” the ISF state­ment said.

I haven’t seen Gavin for years, but have such happy mem­o­ries of a bright, witty, char­ac­ter Cor­nelius Lysaght

At the time of his death, Mr Ford’s brother-in-law Nick Beard­s­ley, 55, who runs the Old Fleece Pub near Stroud, spoke fondly about his rel­a­tive.

He de­scribed him as the ‘nicest guy you could ever meet.’

“He did the break­fast show for over a decade so he’s mas­sive over there,” he told The Sun.

“If you’ve seen any­thing on so­cial me­dia you’ll re­alise how pop­u­lar he was.”

His em­ployer Ra­dio One is­sued a state­ment after be­ing in­formed of the up­set­ting news.

It read: “We are heart­bro­ken to an­nounce the pass­ing of our dear friend and col­league Gavin Ford.

“The man­age­ment and team ex­press our deep­est sym­pa­thies to his fam­ily, friends and col­leagues. May his soul rest in peace.”

BBC rac­ing cor­re­spon­dent Cor­nelius Lysaght also shared his mem­o­ries of his friend on so­cial me­dia.

“I haven’t seen Gavin for many years, but have such clear & happy mem­o­ries of a bright, witty, very colour­ful char­ac­ter when we both lived in Chel­tenham in the 1980s; aw­ful, aw­ful story,” he tweeted.

Mr Ford worked at Ra­dio One since 1996 and the hosted a pop­u­lar show called ‘Gavin Ford in the Morn­ing.’

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