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Dagenham grandfather remembered at reggae-themed memorial party

PUBLISHED: 11:54 30 January 2017 | UPDATED: 12:13 30 January 2017

Close-up of a memory board of Clem

Close-up of a memory board of Clem

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A community came together to celebrate the life of Dagenham grandfather Clem Roberts this weekend.

Clem's daughters Simone Roberts, Shamani, and SarahClem's daughters Simone Roberts, Shamani, and Sarah

The family of Clem, who died on December 19th following an altercation in Stanhope Road, Dagenham, held a party on Saturday at Redbridge Football Club near Barkingside Station to celebrate his life.

Simone Roberts, the eldest of Clem’s six children, said: “It was lovely, we had a massive turnout of just over a hundred people.”

“Most of them knew him and some had just heard about the incident and wanted to pay their respects.”

Speaking of how her late father would have loved the party, which featured his favourite reggae music, she said: “I did keep expecting my dad to walk in smiling.”

Clem's daughters Simone Roberts, Shamani, and Sarah, with his grandchildren.Clem's daughters Simone Roberts, Shamani, and Sarah, with his grandchildren.

The reggae-themed memorial was organised by Clem’s friend Jason Memphis, who gave his Djing and karaoke service free of charge. The club also offered its facilities for free, and donated show tickets, wine and beer as raffle prizes.

Simone added: “Thanks to everybody for their support, including the club and Jason, and everybody that came and made the night really special.”

The memorial party raised £210 towards Clem’s funeral costs through a raffle and drinks sales.


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