Ipswich: Grieving mother’s heartfelt tribute to tragic motorcyclist

RUSHMERE ST ANDREW: Beautiful memories are all that remain of young dad Matthew Page – the 34-year-old killed on his motorbike during his daily commute home from Ipswich train station.

The 34-year-old, who worked as an accountant for insurance company Gen Re in London, was riding home along Clapgate Lane when he collided with a 4x4 driven by 44-year-old Belinda Coote.

The mother-of-three, who lives in Scott Road, was convicted at Ipswich Crown Court last week of causing death by careless driving and ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work and pay �250 costs.

As she tries to come to terms with her loss, devastated mum Cheryl Hegyes, of Blair Close, today paid tribute to her “loving” and “popular” son Matthew.

“It was a privilege to be his mother,” said the 64-year-old, a former receptionist at Ipswich Hospital.

“He was so easy-going – nothing was too much trouble for him. It didn’t matter what he was doing, he would stop and come and help you out.

“He had always been the little man of the house.”

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Matthew, of Platters Close, was a devoted dad to nine-year-old daughter, Bethany, and stepson Thomas, 12, as well as giving his mum a break from looking after his grandmother at weekends.

He had worked in London for more than a decade and narrowly escaped being caught up in the 2005 London bombings, as he left Liverpool Street station just moments before a tube train exploded near the station.

His family also found out three weeks after his death, on October 26, 2009, that the former Copleston and Northgate High pupil had passed his exams to become a chartered accountant.

“He was great fun,” Mrs Hegyes added. “And he would come into the room and make us all laugh – you would always know when Matthew was around.

“He was the most caring person ever and put everybody else first.

“I just can’t get used to the fact that he’s not coming home. We’re never going to get over this.

“We have got beautiful memories and none of them can be taken away.”

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