THE son of a former Ashfield businessman who was allegedly murdered by his neighbour says his dad was an ‘upstanding member of the community’.
Jim Tindall (35) vividly recalls the moment he found out his 72-year-old father Ray had been killed outside his home in Rainworth on Boxing Day last year.
“I was shocked at first then upset, angry and also guilty that I hadn’t been there,” he said.
“It was difficult to comprehend it could have happened on such a quiet estate and it has been difficult for my sister and step mum who were there.”
Next-door neighbour and former parish councillor Jeffrey Burton (60) was charged with murder but has since died from a terminal illness while in prison custody.
Jim has now undertaken a fundraising walk in aid of the renal unit at Nottingham City Hospital, which had treated his father.
He and eight colleagues from workplace, Imperial Commercials in Huthwaite, expect to raise £2,000 for the unit after completing the Brecon Beacons challenge walk.
“I wanted to do something to remember him,” Jim said.
“Dad was an upstanding member of the community who guided me through my life.”
Jim says his dad was well known in Ashfield after owning fish and chip shops on Lowmoor Road, Kirkby, and Coxmoor Road, Sutton.
On retirement, Ray moved to Pearl Close, a quiet cul-de-sac in Rainworth, with Jim’s step-mum Kath.