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Neighbours pay tribute to OAP who died after falling into brook in Eynsham
10:00am Friday 30th August 2013 in News
TRIBUTES have been paid to a “lovely man” who died after falling into a brook in Eynsham.
The 83-year-old man, named locally as Miles Gwilliam, fell into the Chill Brook at the village recreation ground, off Oxford Road, at 3.20pm on Wednesday afternoon.
He was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, where he was later pronounced dead.
Neighbour Bill Denney, 78, said Mr Gwilliam was married to wife June and had two sons, Andrew and Paul, and a daughter.
Mr Denney, of Evans Road, said: “He had lived in Eynsham for about 50 years and I have known him for 30 years.
“I couldn’t believe it when I heard.
“He was a great lover of his dogs and used to go past my house every day and walk past with his dogs.
“It’s sad for Eynsham as he has lived here such a long time.”
Another neighbour, who did not want to be named, was in the field when it happened. She said: “Mr Gwilliam was walking his daughter’s dog behind us.
“A girl ran up to us and said Mr Gwilliam had fallen into the stream.
“She and some youngsters pulled him out and one of the boys was giving him CPR. I’ve known him for quite a few years.
“He was a lovely man and wouldn’t hurt a fly and his wife is a sweet lady.”
Mr Gwilliam’s death is not being treated as suspicious.
Det Sgt Kerry O’Leary said last night: “We have spoken to a number of witnesses, however anyone who has any information and has not yet spoken to police should call me on 101.”
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