‘Kind and gen­tle’ pen­sioner killed with his dog on the East Lancs


Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By JOHN SCHEERHOUT john­scheer­[email protected] @JohnScheer­houtMEN

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

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