TRIBUTES have been paid to an 87-year-old scuba diving instructor who died after he was hit by a car.
Heartbroken daughter Angela Sheppard, 60, has spoken of her grief after losing her father just months after her mother passed away.
William Henry Cox of Leaf Close, Northwood, known as Bill, died after he was knocked down by a car on Eastbury Road in Northwood last Tuesday.
Mrs Sheppard, who lives in Cornwall, said: "He was a great dad and a gentleman, and everybody loved him.
"He used to take me fishing to Rickmansworth Aquadrome when I was little. I didn't like fishing but I went so I could spend time with him. It was like a tradition.
"He joined the British Sub Aqua Club in 1960 and became a volunteer instructor more than 10 years ago at Highgrove Pool and Merchant Taylors' School.
"He just loved water and he used to scuba dive in France, Spain and Cornwall. He was very fit and healthy.
"He was also a great golfer and played for John Lewis when he worked there as a security guard before he retired.
"He spent the last 10 years looking after my mum, Veronica, who was blind until she died in May. It would have been their 64th wedding anniversary today (Wednesday).
"He was a member of the allotments in Joel Street as well. He shared all his knowledge of gardening with the other guys down there."
Mr Cox was hit by a grey Mercedes MPV on his way to the doctors at 9am on September 15. He was rushed to Watford General Hospital with head injuries but died later that day from those injuries.
Mrs Sheppard said: "He was taken in the prime of his life.
"I got a call from the police saying he had been hit and he had a fractured leg and that it wasn't serious. My son went to visit him and I drove up the same day, but he was already unconscious when I arrived.
"His good friends have phoned and have been very supportive."
Mr Cox leaves behind his daughter, his two grandsons Paul and Steven and his great grandson Elliot, who was one yesterday (Tuesday).
A date for the funeral has not been set yet, but it will be held at Breakspear Crematorium in Ruislip and his ashes will be scattered with his wife's ashes in Cornwall. As the Gazette went to press it remained unknown what stage a police investigation into the death is at.