Tributes have been paid to a West London cobbler ‘known for his big heart and kindness’, after he died following after an e-scooter crash.
Anthony ‘Tony’ Mumford, 53, was on his way home from work on the evening of July 15 when he fell from his e-scooter on Heath Road in Twickenham.
Tony, who ran Toes-Knees Shoe Repairs on Church Street in Twickenham for 15 years, was in a coma but was taken off life support today (July 22).
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His partner Cheryl said in a statement: “Tony has received the most amazing care over the last 5 days and we were always encouraged that there was hope of him recovering, even though he has suffered too many injuries to list, with sadly his biggest injury being on his brain.
“It was not possible for them to stop the swelling and believe me, they tried everything. Sedation was stopped on Tuesday and myself, Tony’s daughters, and my sons were asked to go and say our last goodbyes.”
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Shona Lyons, who also runs a shop on Church Street, set up a fundraiser for Tony, his partner, and his son.
So far it has raised £10,834.
In it she describes him as a “big part of our community and known for his big heart and kindness”.
She told My London: “He was a very nice man, I don’t think he had an easy life by any means, but he was always pretty cheerful and just got on with it.
“I think Church Street was a real home and sanctuary for him as it is for many of us traders who work in this street. He had a very good sense of humour and he was extremely kind to everyone, often charging little to nothing for his work.
“He was also an excellent craftsman and everyone in the street and from quite far afield used to go to him with all kinds of broken items that he would use his ingenuity to piece together and put right again.
“His passing will leave a big hole in our community.”
She added: “When I started the crowd funding for Cheryl and him, I was hoping that they would use it for whatever he might need for his recovery, never thinking that it was going to go towards his funeral, but Cheryl will also need to use it to straighten his things up I think especially as she is thinking about keeping his beloved shop open.”
On the fundraiser, Cheryl said: “The crowd funding will help to give Tony the send off he deserves.
“The shop is closed for the week but there is a number for a good friend of Tony’s and mine in Twickenham who has keys and can open the shop if anyone needs to collect anything. Her number is on the door and also my number is on the door too.”
Police continue to look into the circumstances of the incident. No other vehicles are thought to have been involved in the collision.
Anyone with information that could help the investigation is asked to call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 020 8543 5157. Alternatively, call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting CAD 6701/15Jul.
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