The boss of the Lewes chauffeur company where Maurice Abrahams worked has paid tribute to his ‘good friend’.
Jay Sherwin said he had the “privilege” of knowing Maurice, who died in the Shoreham airshow tragedy on Saturday while en route to a wedding, for 20 years.
He said, “My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Maurice’s family at this tragic time. Maurice was one of the most likeable people you could ever meet. He had an easy-going manner and was always the joker.
“Over the last 20 years that I have had the privilege of knowing Maurice we became good friends and with all of his help and input he was an integral part of the company.
“Always one with a joke to hand, he was at the centre of any conversation. He was not just a colleague but a friend too and he will be sorely missed.”
The family of the former police officer, who served with Hampshire Police, also issued a tribute.
They said in a statement, “Maurice is a well-respected and loved father and husband. He enjoyed his work chauffeuring his beloved Daimler car and he enjoyed gardening.
“He was proud to have served in the Grenadier Guards and the Parachute Regiment. He served in Cyprus and Bahrain with the UN. In his thirties he served as a police officer with Hampshire Police.”
Maurice, 76, of Brighton, was driving on the A27 to collect a soon-to-be-wed couple when the jet hit his “beloved” Daimler.
Neighbour Ed Little, 37, also paid tribute to the former paratrooper who lived in a detached home overlooking the South Downs.
The dad, who has lived next door to Maurice for seven years, said, “He was a good bloke.
“He was the kind of guy who will always help you out.”
A steady stream of flowers were being delivered to the grieving family’s home.
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