Boxer Gary Mason remembered on anniversary of death in Wallington
By Matt Watts
Friends and family will be remembering former British heavyweight boxing champion Gary Mason today on the anniversary of his death.
Mason, 48, died when he was knocked off his bike during a collision with a white van in Sandy Lane South, Wallington, on January 6 2011.
The 48-year-old lived on the Roundshaw estate in Wallington, where he ran his social enterprise, the Rhythmical Empowerment Group.
The group has been continued in his memory, renamed the Gary Mason Charity.
Members of the group will be meeting today for a intimate gathering and performance to remember their friend.
Charity trustee Christine Lindsay, said: "We will be all thinking of Gary, but we do not want to dwell too much on the day he died."
She said as a result the anniversary of his funeral on February 11 would be marked with more events.
She said: "Money has been put aside by Sutton Council for a memorial plaque at the Phoenix Centre, and we hope this can be unveiled on that day."
She said it was hoped an image of Gary could also be added to a mural at the centre, on the Roundshaw estate.
His family, who are based in USA, Jamaica, Germany, and the UK, are also expected to visit to add a headstone to the boxer's grave in Croydon Cemetery.
Mason's funeral at Carshalton All Saints Church Mason in February was attended by friends, family, community leaders and famous names from the world of boxing.
Former World Heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis - the only man to ever defeat Mason - was in attendance, along with British boxing legend Frank Bruno.
Mason was British Heavyweight champion between 1989 and 1991.
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