TRIBUTES have been paid to a ‘true gentleman’ who died after a collision with a bus in Bodelwyddan.
Pedestrian Andrew Robert Gardiner, aged 43, of Parc Esmor in Rhyl, was pronounced dead at the scene following a collision on Sarn Lane involving a public service bus just before 8am on Saturday morning.
Mr Gardiner was a musician, poet and keen football fan and was a former pupil at Ysgol Llewelyn and Rhyl High School.
Christopher, of Rhyl, said: “Andrew could be a quiet and considered individual and at times might appear reserved; however he had a genuinely warm disposition and caring nature accompanied by a wicked sense of humour.
"He was a true gentleman in every sense of the word."
“He was very much a family oriented man who became actively involved in all of our activities and inspired each of us with his many talents and always reminded us to always follow our hearts and be true to ourselves.
"He will be missed terribly by his family and friends, but as Christians we shall be strong and take some peace in knowing that he was truly loved, respected and so deeply thought of.”
He was very close to family members, mother Christine, father Bob, brothers Christopher and Mark and their partners along with his nieces and nephews.
The family had previously run a guest house in River Street, Rhyl.
Mr Gardiner played for Rhyl Hearts Football Club, winning a number of trophies and followed Liverpool FC.
Christopher said: “For many years Andrew bravely managed an illness which would test him from day to day, but he fought hard and always tried his best. He could have done no more.”
Mr Gardiner studied a HND in Land Use Studies at Plas Coch, Wrexham now Glyndwr University during which time he was diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Christopher added: “Andrew’s creative skills were clearly evident in school and college. Those skills developed over the years through the medium of art – sketching and painting landscapes. He was a high-achieving member of MENSA and Andrew enjoyed writing his own poetry.
“He performed lead vocals in a group Maelstrom which he formed with Paul Nash and Richard Ellis. They were indeed, the very best of friends. He inspired us all.”
Mr Gardiner’s funeral will take place on Tuesday, March, 18 at 11am at St Thomas’ Church in Rhyl, followed by a cremation at Colwyn Bay Cemetery at 12.30pm.
A gathering to celebrate his life will take place at Spring Gardens Leisure Park in St Asaph form 1.30pm and the family would like to thank everyone for their support during this very difficult time.
North Wales Police have issued an appeal for witnesses after the collision.
Chief Inspector Darren Wareing said: “The Investigation into the collision is already underway and I would urge anyone who witnessed the incident or who was travelling along that stretch of road after 7.30am to contact officers at the Roads Policing Unit on 101.”