Tributes to smartly dressed, polite 91-year-old Edward Brzezinski who was killed in Wimbledon

Tributes have been paid to Edward Brzezinski, 91.

Tributes have been paid to Edward Brzezinski, 91.

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Tributes have been paid to a smartly dressed, polite 91-year-old who was killed in a road traffic collision at the weekend.

Neighbours of Edward Brzezinski said they saw him walking every day to a bakery in Southfields to pick up a loaf of bread and always wore his signature brown trilby, greeting people as he went.

Friends said Mr Brzezinski, of Melrose Avenue, Wimbledon Park, lived with his house-bound wife and were originally from Poland although they had lived in the area for more than 20 years.

Shopkeeper Eamon McCluskey, who owns McCluskey’s in Revelstoke Road, said Mr Brzezinski was a familiar face around Wimbledon Park. He said: "For his age he was quite spritely.

"He was out every day walking, we would always see him.

"He was a small man and he always wore his trilby hat and would say hello to you.

"It’s so sad what’s happened."

Mr McCluskey said he saw the road had been cordoned off by police and only found out later what had happened.

Melrose Avenue neighbour Peggy Cleary, 94, said she has known the family for many years.

She said: "He has been a very good friend to me.

"It is very, very sad."

The pensioner, said to have two grown up sons, sustained critical injuries in a collision with a car at 10.17am on Saturday, May 24 at Durnsford Road, at the junction with Weir Road.

He was taken to hospital but his condition deteriorated and he died the next day.

The driver of the car stopped at the scene but no arrest has been made and police enquiries continue.

Results of a post-mortem examination are expected in the coming days.

Officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Hampton are investigating.

Anyone with information is asked to call officers on 020 8941 9011.

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