THE family of a 94-year-old former Royal Navy sailor who died in a car crash have paid tribute to his life.
Former Leesland School pupil Arthur Shaw, of Canberra Road, died on New Year’s Day in hospital after a collision in Privett Road, Gosport, on New Year’s Eve.
Diane Shaw, Mr Shaw’s daughter-in-law, said: ‘The family is devastated by our loss.
‘We would like to thank the police for their support during this time.
‘He trained as an Artificer at HMS Fisgard.
‘He served in the Royal Navy until he was 40 on several ships including HMS Calder, HMS Resolution and HMS Harvester and was one of the few survivors when the Harvester was torpedoed in 1943.
‘On leaving the Navy he joined the Civil Service and became a Tax Officer in Portsmouth.
‘He was well known in local cricketing circles although football was his first love.
‘He retired in 1980 and became and avid Tea Dancer and was a lifelong supporter of Rangers Football Club.
‘He will be sorely missed by all his friends and family.’
Police were called to the collision at 4.37pm on Monday when Mr Shaw, a pedestrian, was hit by a silver Kia Rio driven by an 80-year-old woman.
He was taken to Southampton General Hospital but died the next day.
The driver of the Kia was uninjured, but was treated for severe shock at the scene.
The road was shut for four hours whilst police examined the scene and recovered the car.
Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact Sergeant Peter Haywood at Totton Roads Policing Unit on 101, quoting Operation Glasswort.
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.