ANTHONY FREEMAN, the world renowned bridge engineer, died this week from injuries sustained in a tragic accident in April 1997 during construction of the Tagus Crossing in Portugal.
Since the horrific accident Freeman had remained in a coma. Six people were killed and eight others seriously injured when falsework collapsed, spilling workers 50m to the river bed. Freeman, the son of Freeman Fox founder Sir Ralph Freeman, was rushed back to the UK and was being treated at a hospital near his Berkshire home.
The 52 year old engineer's international reputation as a project 'trouble shooter' had taken him all over the world in his career, much of which was spent working as an independent bridge consultant. He was considered quite a maverick, always brimming with enthusiasm for work and excitment to find out what was happening.
Before joining the Tagus project Freeman worked on the spectacular Tin Kau Bridge in Hong Kong.
A thanks-giving service will be held at Wargrave Church, at 2.30pm this Friday, 24 July after a private family cremation.
His family requests that donations be sent in lieu of flowers to two nominated charities - Youth with a Mission, a charity specifically helping young people, and the Titus Trust (formerly the IWERNE Trust), part of Scripture Union, which organises holidays for young people in Dorset.
Donations should be forwarded care of Tomalin & Son, 38 Reading Road, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire RG9 1AG.