Tribute paid to crash victim
A MOTORCYCLIST enthusiast, who was killed in a crash at the weekend, brought sunshine and laughter to everyone, his family have said.Darren Elmy, 29, of Pashford Place, Ipswich, died in a double fatal crash on the B1054 near New England, Haverhill, on Saturday, along with Simon Philpot from Bishop Stortford.
A MOTORCYCLIST enthusiast, who was killed in a crash at the weekend, brought sunshine and laughter to everyone, his family have said.
Darren Elmy, 29, of Pashford Place, Ipswich, died in a double fatal crash on the B1054 near New England, Haverhill, on Saturday, along with Simon Philpot from Bishop Stortford.
Mr Elmy's parents Ken and Janet Elmy, and fiancée Charlotte Bishop said in a statement: “Darren was so special; he was such a loving son, brother and partner. He could bring sunshine and laughter to everyone. So caring and generous. Once you met Darren he made such an impact on your life, he made friends with everyone for life.
”He was always happy and made those around him happy.”
Mr Elmy grew up in Shotley with his parents and sister. He attended the local primary school and Holbrook secondary school, and played football for St Johns in Ipswich until he was 16.
He also enjoyed watching football and supported Newcastle United.
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After working in Surrey for two years as a grounds man on a golf course, he returned to Suffolk, where he was a grounds maintenance supervisor for the family business. His family say he was very hard working and conscientious.
Mr Elmy first met his partner Miss Bishop eight years ago but they lost contact. Two years ago they bumped into each other again and had been together for the last two years, living in Ipswich.
While on holiday in Portugal last year Mr Elmy proposed to Miss Bishop and they were due to be married in June 2008.
One of his passions was motorcycles. He started riding off-road at the age of eight and his interest in football stopped to make way for bikes. He has owned various machines working his way up to his dream bike, the Yamaha R1, which he was riding at the time of the collision. He had many motorcycling friends and used to take part yearly in the Copdock bike run.
A 31-year-old man from Ipswich was arrested and has given a statement to police.
He has been bailed to report to police in January 2008.
Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to contact Pc Kevin Langford on 01376 330722.