The family of a motorcylist from Adderbury who died in a collision in Gloucestershire have paid tribute to their ‘amazing’ brother.
Father-of-five Arran Blakemore died on July 4 when the silver Honda motorcyle he was riding was in collision with a black Audi car on the B4632 between Mickleton and Weston-sub-Edge at about 2.50pm.
Mr Blakemore, 41, leaves behind his partner of seven years Jemma Gray, his mother Pauline and sisters Aprille, Abby and Simone. He also had five children, Hayden, 19, Tom, 18, Finleigh, ten, Morgan, three and Ashton, two.
Paying tribute to her brother, Mr Blakemore’s elder sister Aprille said: “He was a wild child and lived life by the seat of his pants. He played rugby from a young age and played for numerous clubs but his heart remained with Buckingham Rugby Club, where we as a family spent many weekends together.
“He had many hobbies and interests, from fishing, kite flying to supporting Liverpool and playing the guitar. He had a huge love of music and recently started up a band in Banbury.His music taste ranged from Foo Fighters and Ray Charles to country music, the list goes on.”
Mr Blakemore grew up in Greatworth and remained friends with many who went to his primary and secondary schools. As well as his love of music, he enjoyed reading autobiography books and had just finishing reading about the American rock band Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
After completing an electrican and plumbing course, Mr Blakemore worked self-employed and also for other companies in the town including Homeserve.
Following his tragic death, an online fundraising page was set up to help pay towards funeral costs and so far more than £3,000 has been raised.
Friends and family paid tribute to Mr Blakemore and posting on the page, Gemma Everson said: “Can’t believe the amount of support for this amazing family! It’s nice to see that kindness still exists in this world.”
Lee Hirons said: “Arran was my best mate through school. I have so many good memories, whether it was at Greatworth fete or the school discos, we always had a good laugh. Arran will be missed by everyone that knew him. He was a great bloke.”
Andrew Staphnill added: “I only met Arran once but we had a great day trip down to Cheddar Gorge in the sunshine. Such a lovely guy and a great laugh, I’ll always remember it fondly.”
Mrs Blakemore said: “Arran was a great dad. If there was a family party he would be the one messing around on the trampoline as he was a big kid himself. If any of the children did anything wrong he would be on their side to get them out of trouble.
“Arran has left a huge void in the family. Now that he is gone we now realise how he touched so many people lives with all the good things he did. He was a good man.
“He completed his course to become a plumber and electrician about eight years ago when some of his children were quite young, and before this happened I said to him that I was incredibly proud of him. He liked to give his opinion and would ask for yours, but his was always right. He was an amazing man.”