Motorcyclist killed in crash was an 'amazing dad' and grandfather

November 26 2021
Motorcyclist killed in crash was an 'amazing dad' and grandfather

THE family of a motorcyclist killed in a crash near Old Sodbury has paid tribute to an "amazing dad" and grandfather.

Desmond Clarke, who was 53, died at the scene of the collision between his bike and a van at Newhouse Farm, on the B4040 between the Cross Hands Hotel and Acton Turville, on Saturday November 13.

Mr Clarke's partner Lucy released a tribute through the police.

She said: “On Saturday my world was changed in a heartbeat.

"My loving partner of 31 years, an amazing dad to our three boys and an amazing Pops to our grandsons, was tragically taken in motorcycle accident.

"My heart has shattered into 1,000 pieces and will never fit back in the same way.

"He will never be forgotten for the loving, kind, true gent that he was. Loved by so many. Forever in my heart, you will live on through us all."

A tribute from his three sons and grandchildren said: "We’ve lost our best mate, mentor, role model and our dad and Pops – no matter where we are we know you’re with us.

"We’re in disbelief that you are no longer. Love you, soldier on up there and ride forever. You’ll never walk alone.

"Love you Dad, love you Pops!”

Mr Clarke, from Swindon, was a Honda bike which collided with a Ford Transit van at around 12.45pm.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision, and also want to hear from anyone with dash cam footage taken in the moments leading up to the incident.

Anyone who can help should call 101 and quote the incident reference number 5221 267 560.