Tributes to 'nice old boy' found dead in tent

INVESTIGATION: Police at the scene

KIND WORDS: Gary Hockett, who paid tribute to the man

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RESIDENTS on Portland have paid tribute to a man whose body was found near Chesil Beach.

Police found the body of a man in his 70s on Wednesday evening.

The cause of death is not believed to be suspicious and the coroner is now investigating.

The man was found in a tent near Quiddles Cafe. Police and paramedics were called to the scene at around 7pm.

A spokesman for the Coroner’s Office confirmed a post mortem to determine the man’s cause of death would be carried out on Monday.

It hasn’t been officially confirmed where the man came from but Portland landscaper Gary Hockett claims he wasn’t local. He said: “He’s a Londoner but he was living in Liverpool. He was down here last year.

“Last year he stayed for two and a half months.”

Mr Hockett came to meet the man after regularly cutting the grass banks at West Weares.

He added: “I don’t know his name. I know he used to come down here regularly.

“We were amazed because even when the weather was cold he was still here.

“He was a nice enough old boy. He never said a lot to anybody.

“I used to see him going up to the Co-op every day to get his cigarettes and his milk.

“As far as I’m aware he was homeless.”

Mr Hockett said the man had become known to dog walkers, who became suspicious after noticing no sign of movement near his tent.

He said: “The other morning one of the chaps went down there and found there was no movement at all.

“He found the tent hadn’t been moved or disturbed.”

Mr Hockett claims the walker went back to his house with the intention of returning to the site to investigate further.

Before he could, someone else found the body and alerted the police. Paul McEvilly, who lives in Fortuneswell, witnessed police and paramedics attending the scene. He said: “I had heard a paramedic van was down there.

“There was a police van. I nipped down there to find a collapsed tent on the beach. Police were directing people away from the area.

“There were lots of people speculating at the time what had happened.

“No one wants to hear of anyone passing away like that. It’s terrible news.”

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4:54pm Mon 11 Aug 14

anika says...

It was probably the way he would have wished to go. It would seem he liked the area and the view - what more could you wish for. Better than being on the Liverpool Care Path! Just hope it was painless for him.
It was probably the way he would have wished to go. It would seem he liked the area and the view - what more could you wish for. Better than being on the Liverpool Care Path! Just hope it was painless for him. anika
  • Score: 9

8:05pm Mon 11 Aug 14

diane2010 says...

as we dont know the cause of his sad death,why would you make a comment like you did? was it derogeratry because he was from liverpool ? or are you confident in your knowledge of L.C.P.
as we dont know the cause of his sad death,why would you make a comment like you did? was it derogeratry because he was from liverpool ? or are you confident in your knowledge of L.C.P. diane2010
  • Score: -7

9:43pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Dawnie darling says...

8:14pm Sun 10 Aug 14
Dawnie darling says...

This man was my dad he loved Portland and had many fond memories as his grandparents had lived there, dad loved being out in the open and spent as much time as possible there when he felt well enough. We all as a family take great comfort that dad died peacefully in the place he loved overlooking his favourite sight. He was a fantastic dad to us three and a loving husband and he will be sadly missed by all his family.****
8:14pm Sun 10 Aug 14 Dawnie darling says... This man was my dad he loved Portland and had many fond memories as his grandparents had lived there, dad loved being out in the open and spent as much time as possible there when he felt well enough. We all as a family take great comfort that dad died peacefully in the place he loved overlooking his favourite sight. He was a fantastic dad to us three and a loving husband and he will be sadly missed by all his family.**** Dawnie darling
  • Score: 21

9:44pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Dawnie darling says...

2:35pm Fri 8 Aug 14
munchkini72 says...

The man was my Uncle, he was holidaying in his favourite childhood destination of Portland, where his Grandfather used to live. The family home has long gone, but he used to visit regularly either staying at youth hostels or camping. My thoughts are with my Aunt and cousins. We are taking comfort from him dying in a place he loved.
2:35pm Fri 8 Aug 14 munchkini72 says... The man was my Uncle, he was holidaying in his favourite childhood destination of Portland, where his Grandfather used to live. The family home has long gone, but he used to visit regularly either staying at youth hostels or camping. My thoughts are with my Aunt and cousins. We are taking comfort from him dying in a place he loved. Dawnie darling
  • Score: 13

9:45pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Dawnie darling says...

Our dad was from Manchester.x
Our dad was from Manchester.x Dawnie darling
  • Score: 7

11:15pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Dawnie darling says...

My family and myself are so sorry to hear of the passing of this gentleman and a true gentleman he was. We met him last year while camping on the Island, as we had many times before. We spent many nights sat around our little camp fire sharing stories and meals together. We swapped addresses and christmas cards He spoke very fondly of his wife and grown up children. His greatest passion among many was the mighty Spurs, a team he had followed all his life. Being Chelsea supporters, this was always a hot topic of debate among the camp. In fact we have a few sneaky photo,s of him sat beneath our Chelsea flag which we always fly wherever we are. Of course unbeknownst to him. In fact we have some lovely photo,s taken of him on his holiday last year. We were on the Island last week when we were told of his passing. We are truly saddened by this and our thoughts are with his family. If the family would like to have a copy of these photo,s. When you feel ready please get in touch. All our love and sympathies. Jo & Herbx
My family and myself are so sorry to hear of the passing of this gentleman and a true gentleman he was. We met him last year while camping on the Island, as we had many times before. We spent many nights sat around our little camp fire sharing stories and meals together. We swapped addresses and christmas cards He spoke very fondly of his wife and grown up children. His greatest passion among many was the mighty Spurs, a team he had followed all his life. Being Chelsea supporters, this was always a hot topic of debate among the camp. In fact we have a few sneaky photo,s of him sat beneath our Chelsea flag which we always fly wherever we are. Of course unbeknownst to him. In fact we have some lovely photo,s taken of him on his holiday last year. We were on the Island last week when we were told of his passing. We are truly saddened by this and our thoughts are with his family. If the family would like to have a copy of these photo,s. When you feel ready please get in touch. All our love and sympathies. Jo & Herbx Dawnie darling
  • Score: 4

7:02am Tue 12 Aug 14

Rocksalt says...

Dawnie darling wrote:
My family and myself are so sorry to hear of the passing of this gentleman and a true gentleman he was. We met him last year while camping on the Island, as we had many times before. We spent many nights sat around our little camp fire sharing stories and meals together. We swapped addresses and christmas cards He spoke very fondly of his wife and grown up children. His greatest passion among many was the mighty Spurs, a team he had followed all his life. Being Chelsea supporters, this was always a hot topic of debate among the camp. In fact we have a few sneaky photo,s of him sat beneath our Chelsea flag which we always fly wherever we are. Of course unbeknownst to him. In fact we have some lovely photo,s taken of him on his holiday last year. We were on the Island last week when we were told of his passing. We are truly saddened by this and our thoughts are with his family. If the family would like to have a copy of these photo,s. When you feel ready please get in touch. All our love and sympathies. Jo & Herbx
Personally, I welcome people who want to visit the island,but would prefer that they didn't camp on the West Weares.
[quote][p][bold]Dawnie darling[/bold] wrote: My family and myself are so sorry to hear of the passing of this gentleman and a true gentleman he was. We met him last year while camping on the Island, as we had many times before. We spent many nights sat around our little camp fire sharing stories and meals together. We swapped addresses and christmas cards He spoke very fondly of his wife and grown up children. His greatest passion among many was the mighty Spurs, a team he had followed all his life. Being Chelsea supporters, this was always a hot topic of debate among the camp. In fact we have a few sneaky photo,s of him sat beneath our Chelsea flag which we always fly wherever we are. Of course unbeknownst to him. In fact we have some lovely photo,s taken of him on his holiday last year. We were on the Island last week when we were told of his passing. We are truly saddened by this and our thoughts are with his family. If the family would like to have a copy of these photo,s. When you feel ready please get in touch. All our love and sympathies. Jo & Herbx[/p][/quote]Personally, I welcome people who want to visit the island,but would prefer that they didn't camp on the West Weares. Rocksalt
  • Score: -9

8:20am Tue 12 Aug 14

Georgia Barras says...

Iam a Portlander born and bred. In fact my middle name is Mallams. As this is where my parents were living when I was born. It,s a shame that you feel this way about people camping on the Island, as this has been happening for years and years. Since I was a child and many years before that, and Im now in my 40,s. Luckily you seem to be in the minority, as I still have many friends and family on the Island who don,t seem to share your views. Take care. Georgia
Iam a Portlander born and bred. In fact my middle name is Mallams. As this is where my parents were living when I was born. It,s a shame that you feel this way about people camping on the Island, as this has been happening for years and years. Since I was a child and many years before that, and Im now in my 40,s. Luckily you seem to be in the minority, as I still have many friends and family on the Island who don,t seem to share your views. Take care. Georgia Georgia Barras
  • Score: 5

8:43am Tue 12 Aug 14

Rocksalt says...

Georgia Barras wrote:
Iam a Portlander born and bred. In fact my middle name is Mallams. As this is where my parents were living when I was born. It,s a shame that you feel this way about people camping on the Island, as this has been happening for years and years. Since I was a child and many years before that, and Im now in my 40,s. Luckily you seem to be in the minority, as I still have many friends and family on the Island who don,t seem to share your views. Take care. Georgia
I am sure there are people who don't mind and they are entitled to their view. For myself, I think it looks a mess and spoils the view. If the majority don't feel that way then so be it. But on that basis I can only assume that people are happy with a free for all and we might as well allow people to park, put caravans there, or whatever.
[quote][p][bold]Georgia Barras[/bold] wrote: Iam a Portlander born and bred. In fact my middle name is Mallams. As this is where my parents were living when I was born. It,s a shame that you feel this way about people camping on the Island, as this has been happening for years and years. Since I was a child and many years before that, and Im now in my 40,s. Luckily you seem to be in the minority, as I still have many friends and family on the Island who don,t seem to share your views. Take care. Georgia[/p][/quote]I am sure there are people who don't mind and they are entitled to their view. For myself, I think it looks a mess and spoils the view. If the majority don't feel that way then so be it. But on that basis I can only assume that people are happy with a free for all and we might as well allow people to park, put caravans there, or whatever. Rocksalt
  • Score: -6

9:42am Tue 12 Aug 14

Georgia Barras says...

As I said many generations of Portlanders have camped on the area., and long may it continue. How can a few tents tucked up in a corner take away from the magnificence of that view. Seeing people enjoying what you are privileged enough to see everyday is nothing more than mean spirited. As for your comment of caravans. . . .really! The point of my original post of sharing my families time with a gentleman we were lucky enough to share a few weeks camping last year and of our saddness of his passing. Seems to have just given you a platform to air your small and mean minded views.
As I said many generations of Portlanders have camped on the area., and long may it continue. How can a few tents tucked up in a corner take away from the magnificence of that view. Seeing people enjoying what you are privileged enough to see everyday is nothing more than mean spirited. As for your comment of caravans. . . .really! The point of my original post of sharing my families time with a gentleman we were lucky enough to share a few weeks camping last year and of our saddness of his passing. Seems to have just given you a platform to air your small and mean minded views. Georgia Barras
  • Score: 7

2:31pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Rocksalt says...

Georgia Barras wrote:
As I said many generations of Portlanders have camped on the area., and long may it continue. How can a few tents tucked up in a corner take away from the magnificence of that view. Seeing people enjoying what you are privileged enough to see everyday is nothing more than mean spirited. As for your comment of caravans. . . .really! The point of my original post of sharing my families time with a gentleman we were lucky enough to share a few weeks camping last year and of our saddness of his passing. Seems to have just given you a platform to air your small and mean minded views.
Ah, I see, so it is alright for a for a chosen few to camp or continue to camp. Why not open it up to anyone who wants to camp there. Or is it you being smallminded
[quote][p][bold]Georgia Barras[/bold] wrote: As I said many generations of Portlanders have camped on the area., and long may it continue. How can a few tents tucked up in a corner take away from the magnificence of that view. Seeing people enjoying what you are privileged enough to see everyday is nothing more than mean spirited. As for your comment of caravans. . . .really! The point of my original post of sharing my families time with a gentleman we were lucky enough to share a few weeks camping last year and of our saddness of his passing. Seems to have just given you a platform to air your small and mean minded views.[/p][/quote]Ah, I see, so it is alright for a for a chosen few to camp or continue to camp. Why not open it up to anyone who wants to camp there. Or is it you being smallminded Rocksalt
  • Score: -4

7:56pm Tue 12 Aug 14

catwoman5 says...

Rocksalt, where is your respect. A man has died. Your comments are unwelcome.
Rocksalt, where is your respect. A man has died. Your comments are unwelcome. catwoman5
  • Score: 2

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