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Foundation set up in memory of Crondall man killed by fallen tree

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Foundation set up in memory of Crondall man killed by fallen tree

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 4:02pm 18th January 2018. (Updated at 4:18pm 18th January 2018)

The wife of a man who was killed when a tree fell on his car in Crondall has set up a foundation in his memory. 

48-year-old David Hoyle, from Farnham, died when a freak storm hit Surrey and Hampshire on June 6, last year. 

A tree fell onto his car along the A287 between Rye Common and Ewshott, during the morning rush hour, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. 

David leaves behind his wife Marceline Hoyle, and their three children - aged 11, 13 and 15-years-old. 

"I fell on my knees immediately, and said it couldn't be true. I asked him to wake my husband - and bring him back", Marceline explained how she reacted when a police officer first broke the news to her at her home. 

"Since 2005, I have lost four of my siblings and both my parents. So, I never thought something like that would happen to me again.

"I refused to accept it and I said to him: I think you are in the wrong house."

David Hoyle

David had just dropped their 15-year-old son at the bus stop and was on his way to work, a day that he'd usually work from home. 

"It could have been anyone. There were hundreds of cars driving along that road that morning and the weather was bad", Marceline said. 

"Unfortunately it was us, and as painful and as tragic as it is, I'd rather it was us. I would never wish anybody the pain I am going through"

The David Hoyle Foundation.

David was a social scientist, who devoted his life to protecting African forests and natural ecosystems. 

His passion for Africa and career in conservation was inspired by a school field trip to Malawi, followed by volunteering and working for VSO in Zimbabwe and Zambia.

"He loved people, he loved children, he loved the environment. He gave his life and all his time to charity.

"He would never have done anything else", his wife explained. 

'It's hard living without him'

David spent and enjoyed many years of his life living and working in Cameroon where he met his wife, Marceline (pictured below), and many friends.

His time spent living “village life” was particularly important in helping him understand and offer real support to meet human needs.

Marceline

"Our lives will never be the same again. David put his family first before anything. He travelled a lot but he'd always make sure he was back at the weekend to help me with the children.

"He would always back to take my daughter to hockey and watch her play."

"He was our life, our everything. It's hard living without him."

The David Hoyle Foundation has been set up by Marceline, with the help of friends and family. 

It will formally launch this Sunday (January 21) at the Crondall village hall. 

 

 

 

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