Tears as people bid farewell to lollipop man

The coffin of lollipop man Ray Elsmore is carrried into Portchester Crematorium
The coffin of lollipop man Ray Elsmore is carrried into Portchester Crematorium
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MORE than 200 people turned out to say goodbye to a popular lollipop man who was killed in a road tragedy.

People fought back tears at Portchester Crematorium today as they gave thanks for the life of Ray Elsmore, who tragically died last month.

Ray Elsmore, of Florentine Way, Waterlooville

Ray Elsmore, of Florentine Way, Waterlooville

The 82-year-old, of Florentine Way, Waterlooville, was hit by a car as he carried out his afternoon shift in Tempest Avenue.

The service heard Ray, pictured, was the proud dad of three children, grandfather of seven, and great-grandfather of three.

Alan Ashworth, a retired Baptist minister, who is the father-in-law of Ray’s son Nigel, said the pensioner adored being a lollipop man.

He said: ‘He loved doing that job. He loved the children, he loved the parents. He turned out in all weathers.’