A pensioner who spent his days walking his beloved dog died with his pet by his side – when they were hit by a car as he made his way to visit his wife in a nursing home.
Sidney Nicholson, aged 86, walked five miles a day with his rescue dog Paddy.
But the two died together after being knocked down in Sheffield as Sidney made his way to see wife Margaret, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, in a nursing home.
Sidney was crossing Gleadless Road when he was hit by a red Ford Focus.
The 37-year-old male driver has been bailed on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
Today – as friends and relatives gathered at City Road Crematorium for the funeral at 11.45am – Sidney’s nephew paid tribute to his uncle.
Leslie Frith, 67, of Todwick, said it was tragic Sidney died crossing the same local road where he spent hours walking each day.
“It is really sad that after all the walking Sidney did in his life it was crossing a road so close to home where he died,” he said.
“Neither he nor Paddy could be saved – they went together, as they always were in life.”
Leslie said Sidney and Margaret originally met through their shared love of the great outdoors.
Both were members of the Ramblers Association when they met 50 years ago.
“Sidney’s biggest enjoyment was the outdoors. Both he and Margaret were members of various walking clubs, such as the Ramblers, which is where they met,” he said.
“Even as he was getting older my uncle would still walk five miles a day with Paddy – they went everywhere together.”
Sidney had also been a member of the Clarion Ramblers and the Fellowship of Fell Walkers, and in his younger days he and his wife kept two allotments.
“They had a shared love of walking and enjoyed keeping their allotments together,” said Leslie.
“Sidney also loved ornithology and they were also both an authority on plants and trees. He would have been very well known in walking circles, so his death will have saddened a lot of people.”
Sidney - the youngest of four siblings - and his wife had no children.
He is survived by two nephews and three nieces.
He worked for an optical lens company during his younger years.
“He looked frail as he got older, but he was still fit and loved to get outside every day,” said Leslie. “If he had not been able to get out he would have withered away.”
The fatal collision happened on December 22, close to the junction with Buckwood View.
Donations in Sidney’s memory are welcome for the Dogs Trust, and may be sent to Peace Funerals, Gleadless Mount, Sheffield, S12 2LN.