‘Reggaeoke’ party planned in memory of Dagenham grandad killed in street
PUBLISHED: 14:31 10 January 2017 | UPDATED: 10:42 11 January 2017
The family of a man who was beaten to death are planning a party to raise money for his funeral and to celebrate his life.
Clem Roberts, a 60-year-old former mechanic and reggae fan, was killed just days before Christmas.
Now friends and relatives hope to honour his memory with a night of karaoke – with a reggae twist.
Organiser Jason Memphis said it “tore his heart apart” when he heard of Clem’s death. The pair had bonded over their shared love of music.
“I’m a DJ and he liked DJing and was always there for advice,” the 41-year-old recalled. “He was a really good bloke and very generous.”
The party is planned for January 28 at Redbridge Football Club and should feature singalongs to Clem’s favourite reggae tunes as well as a raffle. Jason plans to raise money from raffle tickets, any door fees, and a 20p charge added to drink prices.
Family man Clem, who lived in Valence Wood Road, Dagenham, left behind 14 grandchildren and six children, including eldest daughter Simone Roberts.
The 38-year-old said that the party would be a very appropriate way to remember him.
“He liked to listen to his reggae music – he would want people to go and have a good time,” she said.
“He DJed a lot for friends and family functions and liked to be socialising around people.”
“Everybody that knew him, come and share some good memories of him and enjoy it as if he was there.”
An online crowd–funding page has already raised £465 towards the funeral.
“I want to thank everybody for their support, even people who didn’t know him got in touch when they heard the news,” Simone added. “There’s a lot of people with good hearts out there.”
Clem died after being attacked in Stanhope Road on December 19 just before 1pm.
A 17-year-old boy, a 20-year-old man and a 14-year-old girl were all arrested on suspicion of murder and released on bail until a date in early February.
For more information about the party, contact Jason Memphis on 07980 166128.
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