May 23 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
A couple from Hellesdon who died in a car crash on Sunday night were loving great-grandparents who enjoyed ballroom dancing.
Joe and Rose Smith, who were both 87, died on the A140 at Hevingham in a crash between their Hyundai and a Renault at 8.25pm.
They were travelling home to Norwich after visiting their son in Aylsham for Mother’s Day.
Yesterday Angela White, whose son married the couple’s daughter in 1986, said the Smiths had been very welcoming.
“They were very friendly,” she said. “They were a few years older than us but we always went around at Christmas.
“They were a very nice couple.”
Mr Smith was a retired carpenter and the family had lived in Hellesdon for many years.
They had two children, four grandchildren and one great-grandson and were keen dancers.
Tony Jeckells first met Mr Smith in the 1950’s when he worked as a carpenter at a firm called Edward J Edwards who were contractors on Hilary Avenue off Plumstead Road.
He said: “Joe and I became very good friends while I was employed there.
“I am so sorry to hear of the untimely end of both of them and hopefully they are both at peace.”
The deaths were part of a devastating 48 hours on Norfolk’s roads.
Billie-Jean Roberts, 48, and her daughter Annie Huizar, 19, died on the A47 at Hockering on Saturday, while PCSO Sandi Greenacre died on the A149 at Dersingham on Monday morning.
The cause of the collision is being investigated by Norfolk police.