Friends gather in St Leonards to remember Toby

Friends and family of Toby Gasson at a party in his honour at Azur St Leonards on Tuesday, September 22.

Friends and family of Toby Gasson at a party in his honour at Azur St Leonards on Tuesday, September 22.

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Friends and colleagues have given touching tributes to a biker who died in the early hours of Tuesday morning (September 22).

Toby Gasson, of Eversley Road, St Leonards, died at Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton where he had been taken after crashing into parked cars on Whitefriars Road, at Emmanuel Road, at 8.50pm on Sunday (September 20).

Toby Gasson

Toby Gasson

More than 100 people gathered at the Azur in St Leonards on Tuesday night to pay their respects to Mr Gasson, with many signing a bike helmet to be used at the funeral.

Consultant for the restaurant Brett McLean said the former bar manager of three years was a great guy and a pleasure to work with.

“Toby came on board with us as a steward and carried on up to become a manager,” he said.

“One of his proudest moments was being made bar manager, I remember he had a glowing smile from ear to ear.

Friends and family signed Toby Gasson's helmet to be used at his funeral

Friends and family signed Toby Gasson's helmet to be used at his funeral

“I don’t think I can find anyone who had a bad word to say about him.

“The amount of people who came to Azur on Tuesday night shows how popular he was.

“There was a very touching presentation by his best friend and a few words from myself with Michael Jackson’s Gone Too Soon in the background, which was a real tear-jerker.

“This is a tragic waste of a young life and everyone at the Azur is in mourning for the loss of a friend and work colleague and our sincere condolences go to his family and friends.”

Toby worked as a barista and usher at Kino Teatr in St Leonards since July.

The cinema decided to close on Wednesday (September 23) as a sign of respect.

Actress Anna Olson Nugent, who acted in the cinema’s opening play The McGowan Trilogy, said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Toby’s family and the community.

“He was wonderful to work with and will be missed.”

A spokesman for the cinema said Mr Gasson had a great spirit and could relate to anyone who visited Kino-Teatr, young or old, of different professions and experiences.

Artistic director Olga Mamonova said they will be screening Road in his memory on October 12, at 7.30pm.

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