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Dad in bike tragedy.

Byline: Lyndsay Emmett

A Middlesbrough father-of-four has died in a motorbike accident.

Andrew Pearce, 39, died when the Aprilia 1000 motorbike he was riding was involved in a crash with a car.

The accident happened on the B676 near Buckminister in Leicestershire.

His wife Julie paid tribute to a devoted husband and father who was considerate with a wicked sense of humour, and committed to his work as an engineering manager.

The couple were childhood sweethearts and went to the same Middlesbrough secondary school before getting married in 1988.

They moved to Spalding, Lincolnshire, in 2001 for Andrew's job.

Julie said: "I have been very lucky to have 25 years with Andrew. He had a big heart and would do anything for anybody. We were best friends as well as husband and wife.

"He was funny and sensitive. He was a popular person who will be sadly missed."

She said: "He was a wonderful husband. We were always holding hands. We were very close. We were devoted to each other and the children. I don't know how many times a day we said 'I love you'".

They had four children - Tom, 13, James, nine, and twins Mollie and George, eight.

Julie, a staff nurse at a Peterborough hospital, said: "Andrew loved spending time with the children."

She said Andrew was an experienced rider and was hoping to buy another bike after a break of about seven years.

He had borrowed the Aprilia machine from a friend to test.

"I remember him laughing and giving him a kiss. He gave the children a hug and they waved him off. He was so keen to have another bike. Motorbikes were a big passion for him," she said.

She added: "Andrew loved his job. He was not somebody who was happy to turn up at work and go home.

"He was always willing to put the hours in and expected his team to do the same. Andrew enjoyed solving problems."

Work colleague Paul Davey said: "I have lost a friend and the best professional engineer I have worked with.

"He was very committed and a lot of fun to work with. People have described him as a boss, friend and mentor. This has been a big shock and I think people are still coming to terms with it."

The driver of the Volkswagen involved in the accident, a 61-year-old man, and his passenger, a 47-year-old woman, were not injured.

An inquest into the Sunday morning accident was opened and adjourned on Tuesday .

A memorial service for Andrew will be held at St Margaret's Church, Brookfield, on a date to be confirmed. His funeral will take place in Boston, Lincolnshire on Wednesday.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jul 25, 2003
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