Dagenham grandfather Clem Roberts who died after a fight remembered on his 61st birthday

PUBLISHED: 11:29 07 March 2017 | UPDATED: 11:39 07 March 2017

Simone Roberts balloon release in memory of Clem Roberts

Simone Roberts balloon release in memory of Clem Roberts


The family of a man who died in the street after a fight marked what should have been his 61st birthday this weekend.

Clem Roberts with eldest daughter Simone Roberts.Clem Roberts with eldest daughter Simone Roberts.

Around 50 people gathered to remember Clem Roberts on Sunday evening in Stanhope Road where he died.

It is the second memorial event held for the Dagenham grandfather, as three months after his death on December 19 2016, his family have still not been able to lay Clem to rest.

His eldest daughter Simone Roberts said: “It’s been very frustrating because it’s been twelve weeks.”

The painful delay has been due to the circumstances surrounding his death, for which three people were arrested on suspicion of murder.

Two have since been released with no further action whilst the third has been bailed to a date in April pending further enquiries.

After the long wait, his six children hope they will be able to bury their father soon, but Simone feels she still won’t have peace of mind: “I think even when we have had the funeral there will be a little bit of closure, but we will still have to deal with the court case which I’m dreading.

“At least he will be laid to rest.”

She told The Post that the balloon release was both “sad and happy” despite the terrible weather.

“It was really, really nice to see so many people come together, because it was pouring down with rain.”

They played Clem’s favourite reggae songs before releasing eighty custom-made balloons that said “on your first heavenly birthday”.

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