‘Devastated’ family pays tribute after fatal Lissington collision

The family of a motorcyclist killed in a collision at Lissington have paid tribute to their ‘rock’ in a statement issued by Lincolnshire Police.

Keith Smith died at the scene of the collision on October 6 EMN-211019-071421001

Keith Smith died at the scene of the incident on October 6.

The statement reads: “Keith left home on his trusted motorbike, to make the most of the good weather and have a cup of tea at Willingham Woods.

“Unfortunately, he never made it home and this is the worst tragedy ever for our family to lose him in such unbelievable circumstances.

“We are all so devastated.

“Keith was a much loved husband, father, brother, brother-in-law, granddad, uncle and friend.

“He was well respected and loved in many different communities, including Karate (for over 40 years), trials bike riding, the Lincoln branch of the Triumph owners club and the Institute of Advanced Motorcycle training (IAM).

“He was first and foremost a family man.

“He was an engineer, intelligent, intellectual, he was a deep thinker and would be calculated and calm in everything he did.

“He had a passion for motorbikes almost his entire life - from the age of 12-years-old.

“He covered hundreds of thousands of miles over the years on his motorbike, mostly with his wife of almost 50 years, as a pillion.

“He’d also covered tens of thousands of miles on his bicycle.

“He enjoyed keeping his mind and body fit and healthy.

“We’ll remember him with such love and affection.

“He was always there for family and friends, no matter what the situation was.

“Keith was our rock, the man who was always dependable, reliable and on time.

“He was always busy with a project and always on the go.

“He was successful in whatever he turned his hand to, be it family life, work or hobbies.

“Keith was our hero; such a quiet, loving, unassuming man and we’ll miss him forever.”

The family has also set up a memorial page to share pictures and stories through at Remembered.com