Family of hit and run victim release tribute to 'warm, gentle family man'

By Ben Fitzgerald - 11 July 2018


The family of a 75-year-old man who died after being hit by a car have released a tribute to him.

At 8:50 pm on Sunday 8 July 2018 Kenneth Kiley (known as Ken) was hit by a blue Corsa in the area of Southernwood Drive and Westfield Way, Swindon. The following evening he died from his injuries in hospital.

Ken's family have released the following tribute:

"Ken was a kind, warm, gentle and unassuming family man. He was popular, made friends easily and was always ready to crack a cheesy dad joke and cheeky smile.

"He loved nothing more than spending time with his loving wife Marion and two sons Adam and Matthew, reading his history books, teaching German classes to his friends in Swindon and playing long-distance chess with an old army colleague.

"He spent much of his life in service to his country, first with the parachute regiment and later with the intelligence corps and the army reserves. He travelled the world with the army and lived in Hannover, Germany with his wife for several years where his eldest son was born and where Ken and Marion made lasting friends both among the army and the local Hanoverians.

"Ken had recently supported his wife to recover from a serious illness and they were looking forward to continuing to enjoy their well-earned retirement travelling the world with friends and spending time with his family. He was so happy to give away his daughter in law when she married his son last summer and was so looking forward to being a grandfather.

"Ken’s death has shocked and devastated his wife, family and friends and will leave an enormous hole in all our lives. Please respect our privacy while we try to come to terms with this dreadful tragedy."

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