Town says its final goodbyes to Rory

Floral tributes opposite Asda, South Elmsall, to homeless man Rory Dove, who was killed in a road traffic accident.'h7947f209

Floral tributes opposite Asda, South Elmsall, to homeless man Rory Dove, who was killed in a road traffic accident.'h7947f209

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THE COMMUNITY lined the streets of South Elmsall to say their goodbyes to a much-loved homeless man.

The funeral of Rory Dove, 43, took place on Monday morning and more than 150 people came out onto Barnsley Road, to pay their respects as the cortege drove through the town.

Mr Dove was knocked down by a lorry near the Asda store, on Barnsley Road, Moorthorpe, on February 23. He suffered severe head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

A plaque was put up outside the store in his memory after staff and community members donated money in memory of Mr Dove.

His brother Russell Dove, 45, said: “The turnout of people and his send-off was just fantastic. People have done Rory proud.”

The cortege stopped outside Asda where a minute’s silence was held, followed by spontaneous cheering.

It then travelled to Pontefract crematorium - which was also full of his family and friends.

Mr Dove said: “The support and kindness of people in South Elmsall has been overwhelming. I just want to say thank you to everyone.”

He said his heart went out to the driver of the lorry.