Tributes paid to tragic A27 crash victim

Dwendal Troadec
Dwendal Troadec

TRIBUTES have been paid to a ‘sincere, generous and thoughtful’ 37-year-old who lost his life in a car crash last week.

Gwendal Troadec, of Silverdale Road, was involved in a serious collision on the A27 near Lewes on Wednesday (January 19).

Mr Troadec was driving eastbound at around 5.25am when his car left the road and collided with a fence opposite Ranscombe Farm between the Beddingham and Southerham roundabouts. There was no-one else in Mr Troadec’s car and no other vehicle was seen to be involved.

He was rushed to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, but died in hospital on January 20.

Mr Troadec’s friends, from as far as Australia, have this week been sending their tributes to the Gazette.

Craig Hornhardt from Sydney said, “Gwen you have blessed me with so many wonderful memories. Inspired me with your generous nature, loving spirit and ability to befriend all. You will be with me always.”

Jane, Peter, Jacob and Dilys Midwinter said, “Gwen, we remember all the wonderful things you brought into our lives. Your love and warmth; your humility; your ability to see the best in everybody; your incredible creative cooking – crepes, chocolate cake, puddings – which words fail to describe; your smile and your laugh; your generosity; your unconditional friendship.

“Your time with us was short Gwen, but it was a great time. Thank you for making a difference.”

Claire Sanderson said, “I have known Gwen for nine years and he was one of the sweetest people I have ever met. His kindness, happiness and smiles will stay with me forever.

“My thoughts go out to his family and friends; I know that he will be greatly missed by all who had the good fortune of meeting him. Rest in peace Gwen.”

And Ben Chalk said, “Gwendal was a one-off, always sincere generous and thoughtful. The good ones always seem to get taken early.

“He was an inspirational character and will be missed by many. A real tragedy.”

Anyone who witnessed the collision, who has not yet spoken to police, is asked to contact Sussex Police on 0845 60 70 999, quoting Operation Broxton.