Former Seaforth man killed in tragic accident

Former Seaforth man Barry Childs with his daughter Alison Tye.
Former Seaforth man Barry Childs with his daughter Alison Tye. Contributed

SEAFORTH is mourning the loss of one of its former residents after a traffic crash in New South Wales.

It was reported in the Newcastle Herald that 79-year-old Barry Childs was hit by a ute as he crossed the Pacific Hwy on January 18.

Mr Child's was described by his daughter Alison Tye as a "true blue Australian". Mr Childs travelled Australia in his caravan, settling in Seaforth before moving to lake Macquarie.

"Dad was a kind fun loving man. Always loved a good party. He would be the first person to pull over and help someone out with car trouble, open his house up to anyone who needed a bed, wouldn't take any bullshit from anyone and he'd let u know about it too," Mrs Tye wrote on Facebook.

"I'd like to thank the police officers that were in the car behind the car that struck dad for trying to save him...He was one worth saving."

On Tuesday Mrs Tye went to Facebook to pass on her messages to the Seaforth community.

"We are having a memorial service for him down here in Belmont, but would also like to bring his ashes up to Seaforth Bowls Club for everyone to have one last beer with him," she wrote.

"I wanted everyone to know I have received every message and I'm extremely humbled by your support and kind words. I promise I will speak to you all soon."