Father of four dies in tragic accident


A father of four has been killed in a road accident in Australia just months after moving there with his family.

Henri Sueke, who was originally from Hale, Manchester, was cycling to his work at a Sydney hospital when he was hit by a lorry. He was 36.

He leaves his wife, Dani, and four children, the youngest of whom is only a few months old.

The funeral was due to take place in Israel on Thursday - Dr Sueke's dream had been eventually to settle there.

His brother Daniel said the family were devastated by Dr Sueke's death.

He said: "As a family we have been touched and overwhelmed by the support we have received from across the world.

"We pray that God should give us all strength at this time of profound sorrow and that we can learn from Henri's amazing legacy and the example that he set."

He added: "His life was anchored in the values of Judaism. He studied Torah and gave shiurim, and was never prouder than when teaching Torah and prayers to his children."

Dr Sueke and his family were formerly members of Manchester Sephardi synagogue Shaare Hayim.

The shul's rabbi, Amir Ellituv, was a long-standing friend.

He said: "Henri was very loved by everyone. He was full of life. We grew up together. We lived our lives together. We are all shocked beyond words."

Rabbi Ellituv said Dr Sueke was deeply involved in the Jewish community, serving as a mohel, giving study sessions and running children's services at the synagogue.

The rabbi said: "He was someone who loved life so much. His family meant everything to him. No one had a bad word to say about him and he could always laugh. He was full of laughter. He was the pride of our community."

Rabbi Ellituv said a special shiur held in Hale in Dr Sueke's honour last Shabbat had attracted 130 people.

Dr Sueke attended Manchester Jewish Grammar before studying at yeshiva in Israel. He read medicine at the University of Liverpool, and specialised in paediatrics and opthalmology.

He was a keen triathlete who had raised money for children's charities.

Before moving to Australia Dr Sueke worked at the St Paul's Eye Unit Royal Liverpool Hospital. Former colleagues set up an online fundraising page to help pay for funeral costs and raised £5,000 in one day. Jan Jones, secretary at the unit, said Dr Sueke was "much loved and respected.

"He was well known for raising money for charity and we thought it a fitting tribute to him to raise money in his name and ask his wife which charities to donate to."

Messages on the gofundme website said: "In loving memory of our dear colleague and friend, Dr Henri Sueke, who left us before there was time to say goodbye. He touched so many lives. Our hearts are filled with sorrow, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family."

In a post on the site Dr Sueke's wife, Dani, said she had been overwhelmed by the tributes

"[Henri] loved his work and all his colleagues there. What a beautiful tribute you have made. Thank you Xxxxx"

A spokesman for Sydney's Children's Hospital said in the short time Dr Sueke had worked there he had become a much loved member of staff.

The spokesman said: "He was respected and admired by his colleagues for his kindness and dedication to his patients. He was an excellent doctor."

Pictures from the scene show the twisted frame of Dr Sueke's bicycle underneath the wheels of the truck.

Witnesses reportedly tried to perform CPR, but he could not be revived.

The lorry driver was taken to hospital for mandatory blood and urine tests, police said.

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