news

'He was one in a million'

A HEARTBROKEN grandmother has paid tribute to her loving husband who was killed while crossing a busy road.
charalambous

A HEARTBROKEN grandmother has paid tribute to her loving husband who was killed while crossing a busy road.

Michael Charalambous, 84, of Lennox Gardens, Neasden, was involved in an accident with a large tipper lorry in Dollis Hill Lane, at the junction with Dudden Hill Lane, last Thursday, at 12.20pm.

Despite attempts by emergency services to save him, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Holding back tears, his wife Phaedra, 78, who was married to Mr Charalambous for 60 years, said: "He was one in a million. He was a very quiet man, very homely. He was a good husband and a great father. He would never have a bad word to say about anyone."

The driver of the lorry was arrested and taken to Wembley police station.

He has been interviewed and bailed to return in January.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to the crash to come forward.

Detective Sergeant Chris Osborne of the Metropolitan Police road death investigation unit, said: "This collision occurred close to a really busy interchange and there must have been a lot of people around at the time. I would urge anybody who saw it to contact us so that we can find out exactly what happened."

Mr Charalambous's grandson, Andreas, 24, was by his side when he died.

Mrs Charalambous, a mother of four, said: "My grandson went to see what happened. He was the last person Michael saw.

He called out his name twice and then he died.

"I still don't believe he has gone. I will never forget him. I will miss him so much. I want people to know what a wonderful person he was."

Mr Charalambous was from Cyprus and settled in Brent 20 years ago. He was a baker at the McVitie's factory in Harlesden for 23 years before retiring in 1991.

The couple were hit by tragedy in 1974 when their only daughter died of dehydration during the civil war in Cyprus.

A post mortem carried out at Northwick Park Hospital last Friday gave Mr Charalambous's cause of death as multiple injuries. An inquest was opened and adjourned on Tuesday.

Mr Charalambous's funeral will take place at a Greek Orthodox church in Golders Green today (Thursday).

Anyone with any information should call the investigating unit on 020 8998 5319 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

View full mobile page