Partner of motorcyclist killed in Colsterworth road accident pays tribute to him

Garry Tumber
Garry Tumber

The partner of Garry Tumber, the motorcyclist who died following a road traffic collision in Colsterworth on September 29, has paid a moving tribute to him.

Kelly Eudall said: “Garry and I had been together for two and a half years and were just so happy. We had a really special connection and I don’t think we ever had a cross word during all our time together which is amazing, I don’t think many couples can say that. I wish I had had longer with him.”

Mr Tumber, 52, from Colsterworth, died following the collision on the B6403, Bridge End. He was riding a Suzuki motorcycle which was in collision with a Renault Kangoo, at around 2.50pm. He was taken to Queen’s Medical Centre but was pronounced dead a short while later.

Kelly said: “Garry was the most amazing man you could ever have come across. He was really charming, friendly, down to earth, caring - just salt of the earth. He would do anything for anyone.

“He was a wonderful Dad to Daniel, Khristian, Elliot, Charlotte and Abigail, and a fantastic step-dad to Kyle and Georgia. He’s already so very missed by them all, as well as by his parents Moira and Gordon. He was a much-loved son. He was also a loving brother to Bernie, Julie, Caron and Richard, and a loving uncle.

“It’s been so very hard since finding out we’d lost Garry. I can’t adjust to him not being here. It’s the small things; Garry loved cups of tea and not making cups for him seems so strange, or hearing his music through the house. I miss him so much. He’s been my rock over the years and when I’ve had ups and downs he’s always been there to support me. Losing him has been a huge shock and I’ve got so many emotions at the moment, I’m struggling to keep it together but trying to keep going for the children.

“Garry has always loved anything with engines – cars and motorbikes particularly. He had been an HGV driver for 16 years and was due to take part in the Ride to The Wall for the first time on Saturday and was so looking forward to it. It’s another sadness that he can’t be there for it.

“I wish he could come back. I love and already miss him so much and know he will always be in my thoughts.

“I’d like thank all our family and friends who have been there for me and the family over the last few days. I’m so very grateful for all your support, love, and warm wishes. Thank you.”