THE devastated family of a devout Christian who died in a road crash have this week paid tribute to him.
Stuart Mann, 66, of Tenterden Rise, was a long-standing member of King’s Church and his wife Sarah said her husband was a ‘devoted family man’.
Mr Mann was riding his red Honda motorcycle on the A21 at the junction with Marley Lane, Whatlington last Thursday (June 30) at 120.30am when it collided with a green VW Golf.
The driver of the car, 81-year-old Gerald Hinxman, of Westfield Lane, St Leonards, also died of his injuries.
Mrs Mann, who was married to her husband for 41 years, said he liked riding his motorcycle as a hobby.
She said: “Stuart was very active and would do anything for anyone.
“He was heavily involved with King’s Church and very committed to his faith.”
Mr Mann’s son, Paul, is the senior leader for the church, based on The Ridge.
Santino Hamberis, one of the church leaders, said: “As a long-standing member Stuart demonstrated a very real and authentic faith and trust in God.
“This was evident in the way in which he lived his life. He was a good example to follow, a good example to me and those around him, and he will be hugely missed by many.
“Stuart was a man that was ‘quietly confident’. He was reliable, dependable, and faithful, always willing to be called upon and willing to help within church life.
“The church family are both shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Stuart. He will be very missed but of course never forgotten, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.”
Mr Mann’s funeral is being held on Monday at the Hastings Centre at 4pm on The Ridge. He is survived by his wife, four children and eight grandchildren.
Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed last Thursday’s accident or saw the vehicles prior to the collision to call Sussex Police on 0845 60 70 999 quoting Operation Sandgate.