Funeral of man killed in storms takes place

The funeral of Roger Hayward, who was killed in the storms that hit the west earlier this month, will take place later.

Mr Hayward, 71, of Bremhill, was electrocuted while clearing away a tree that brought down power cables in Wednesday’s storm.

The retired tree surgeon believed the power to the road was off when his house in Bremhill, near Calne, plunged into darkness. He wanted to try and clear the road between Stanley and Bremhill using his chainsaw.

Mr Hayward’s son Andrew, 37, saw him fall to the ground. It was not safe for either family or paramedics to touch him for about an hour because of the electric current in his body.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

An inquest into his death has been opened and adjourned.

Roger Hayward has been described as a hero.
Roger Hayward has been described as a hero. Credit: SWNS

Mr Hayward's wife, Celia, 69, described her husband as the sort of man who would help anyone.

We would like to express our deep gratitude for the kind messages of condolence, love and support from friends and neighbours in Chippenham, Calne and beyond.

We are all shocked and deeply saddened with the passing of our dearest Dad, husband, granddad and friend to many.

To those that knew him, Roger was a larger than life character, a friend and helping hand to many and any that needed help.

– Mr Hayward's family

His funeral will take place at St Martins Church, Bremhill at 2pm, followed by a private burial.