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Biker's death leaves community in shock; TRIBUTES PAID TO FATHER--OF--TWO AFTER FATAL CRASH The A543.


TRIBUTES have been paid to a loving dad killed in a motorbike crash on a Denbighshire road.

Dad-of-two Jeremy Daffern, 40, a car trader from Pensarn, Abergele, was killed on Sunday night at Groes, near Denbigh.

Friends yesterday spoke of their shock at the death of the biker and local character who "no one had a bad word to say about".

They said it was especially tragic as his 16-year-old son Jack had just moved in with him on Holland Drive after living on the south coast of England with his mum Nicky, who was separated from Jeremy.

Close friend Craig Tipton, 37, who lived down the road from Jeremy, said: "We are just in shock.

"I have gone from seeing him three times a day to knowing I will never see him again.

"His son had moved in a week ago as he was not sure what to do after leaving school and Jez was hoping to help him find a career.

"He had to be told by police what had happened.

"Jez had separated from his wife Nicky but they had remained close and on very good terms, she is devastated.

"The children were the priority for them both and despite the distance he regularly visited them or they came to see him."

He added: "Everyone knew him because he was so chatty he could talk the hind legs off a donkey, he was that type of character.

"He was always doing things for people or asking your advice on things he was doing."

Jeremy, who also has a teenage daughter Danielle, was brought up around Abergele and worked buying and selling cars.

Craig's wife Sandra said: "It is so sad because his son had just moved back up from Brighton to live with him after living with his mum.

"He was so happy that he had moved in and the loft had been converted. I can't believe this has happened to him. No one had a bad word to say about him. He would do anything for anyone."

Friend Geoff Skellon said: "He would never walk past in the street and not stop to talk, he was a smashing person.

"He did so much for my son Gafyn to help teach him about the motor trade and valeting. Gafyn told me the news this morning, he was gutted and I am devastated as well.

"I also rode a bike and the whole biking community is devastated at the news."

Another neighbour said: "It was unbelievable how many people he knew, he was so friendly. He would always help his neighbours. He would help an old lady who lived nearby to cross the road before she passed away, or if she was worried about something in the night she would call him, he was that type of person."

The crash with a vehicle took place at around 7.30pm on Sunday on the A543.


The accident scene on the A543 at Groes near Denbigh
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 10, 2010
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