‘Kind and gentle’ pensioner killed with his dog on the East Lancs
FAMILY’S TRIBUTE TO VICTIM ‘LOVED BY ALL WHO KNEW HIM’
TRIBUTES have been paid to a ‘kind and gentle’ pensioner who died along with his dog when they were hit by a car.
Abdelkader Dhrif, 70, known as Tony, and pet Masie died after they were struck by a black Ford Ranger on the East Lancs Road in Worsley, Salford.
Tony, from Boothstown and his dog died at the scene. A 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He was interviewed by police and released under investigation.
“Enquiries are ongoing,” said a GMP spokesperson.
Abdelkader’s family said: “He was given the name Tony by staff in an Italian restaurant he worked in many years ago because they thought his real name was too difficult to say.
He’s been known as Tony ever since. He loved living in Boothstown and was proud to be a member of the local community. He was known and loved by everyone who knew him and would stop and talk with many people on his daily morning walk for a newspaper.
“He was a kind, gentle and helpful man who loved to cook for people. So much so, that any workmen at the house would be treated to a full cooked lunch every day.
“He is very sadly missed by all his family and friends and we would ask anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact the police.”
Pc Darren White, of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Our enquiries are still ongoing.” Anyone with information about the incident last Wednesday is asked to call GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741 or 101 quoting incident number 1563 of November 20, 2019, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Abdelkader Dhrif, who was known as Tony, and, inset, his dog Masie