Family remembers ‘loving partner and amazing dad’ who died in motorbike crash

The family of a Swindon man who died in a motorbike crash last weekend have shared heartbreaking tributes, describing him as a “loving partner” and “amazing dad”.

Desmond Clarke, 53, was riding his Honda motorbike when he was hit by a Ford Transit van on the B4040 near Newhouse Farm in Badminton on November 13. 

He died at the scene.

His partner Lucy wrote: “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 reads:

“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!”

Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision. Anyone with information should call 101 and quote reference 5221267560.

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