TRIBUTES have been paid to a dad-of-two killed in a motorcycle crash on the B4019.

Paul Patterson, 47, died after a collision involving his beloved Piaggio scooter and a Lexus on a stretch of the road between Highworth and the A419 on June 2.

Paramedics pronounced the Honda worker dead at the scene.

Paul leaves behind his wife Lorna and his two children Lauryn and Liam.

In a statement, family members said they are “devastated” by their loss.

They added: “Paul was a devoted family man who loved football, cars and of course his Vespa scooter, a passion of his, and his sister Laura, who loved him dearly.

“Paul worked at Honda, Swindon and will be sadly missed by his work family.

“Paul was a kind soul and family was everything. He loved his pets, especially his cat Yoda.

“He was a qualified carpenter and could turn his hand to all sorts. Always a perfectionist, he gave everything in life 100 per cent and loved the motto that ‘hard work beats talent’.

“Paul will be remembered by us as a strong, loving, respectful and honest man who would always protect us.”

His son Liam described his dad as a “strong and kind-hearted man who feared nothing”.

He added: “He’d do anything to protect us and give us the best in life.

“From what he has come from, to what he has given us is unimaginable. I promise to follow in his footsteps and protect my family, just as he would have wanted me too.

“I love you dad.”

Lauryn said: “I’m going to miss my dad beyond words. He was my best friend, and we had such a good bond, he was the most genuine man I ever met and didn’t deserve this to happen to him.

“Life is a fragile thing, and it can change in an instant. I don’t know how life is going to get better but I will always love and honour him.”

The family thanked the members of public, paramedics and doctors who were at the scene.

“It means so much to us to know he was surrounded and supported by so many wonderful people,” they said.

The tenant of The Freke Arms David Longman and his chef were first on the scene as the pub looks out onto the turn-off for Hannington, where accident happened.

At the time, Mr Longman launched an online petition to get the layout of the road changed. More than 2,900 people have signed it.

He said: “I think too many people have suffered as a result of the poor layout at this accident blackspot and it is about time the local council, together with the highways agency, listened and looked at how this section of the road can be made safer. 

“I am asking for your support to share this petition and ask your friends to sign it so we can get this matter heard and looked at before another family has to suffer.”

Investigations into the fatal crash continue and Wiltshire Police want anyone with information to call 101. 

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