Fond tributes to pensioner who was hit by train

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WARM tributes have been paid to a pensioner who died after being hit by a train.

British Transport Police named the victim of the tragedy at Rowlands Castle station as 76-year-old Frank Marsh, from Horndean.

His neighbours in Wentworth Drive said he was a well-respected member of the community.

As reported in The News, police were called to the train station at 7.50pm on Friday, April 1, after reports the South West Trains service from London Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour had struck someone.

Mr Marsh was pronounced dead at the scene.

The close-knit community in Horndean has been left mourning.

Barbara Dean, a neighbour of Mr Marsh, said: ‘All I can say is he was a nice guy and a nice neighbour.

‘He was a friendly neighbour who we always got on well with. We always had a chat when we saw each other.

‘He was a private man. He enjoyed swimming and he loved his car. He had an old sports car and it was his pride and joy.’

She added: ‘Everybody is very sad and shocked.

‘I can’t say anything but nice things about him.’

A tribute from a friend left on The News website read: ‘For many years Frank was a well-respected worker at the Zurich Insurance Co.

‘Recently he had been living with health problems which had sent him into a deep depression.’

A close friend, who did not wish to be named, said Mr Marsh lived alone and had never married.

She said: ‘He was just a brilliant man. ‘He had many friends.

‘He will always be remembered for his dry sense of humour.

‘It’s fair to say he had been feeling very depressed and down.’

She added that there would be no funeral service as Mr Marsh ‘never wanted to make a fuss’.

She said his estate would probably go to charity.

An inquest has been opened and adjourned by the coroner.

Police are now gathering the information to determine how Mr Marsh died.

Emma Wiggins, a spokeswoman for British Transport Police, said: ‘BTP and Hampshire Constabulary officers attended the incident, which is being treated as non-suspicious.

‘A file has been prepared for the coroner.’