Chesterfield dad dies in horror bike crash just months before wedding

Tributes have been left at the crash site.

Tributes have been left at the crash site.

  • Devoted dad – who was due to tie the knot later this year – killed on way home from work
  • Fiancee pays tribute to “the loveliest person”
  • Emotional messages flood in on social media
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A devoted dad who died in a motorbike crash on his way home from work was looking forward to getting married later this year.

Neil Farrer was this week described as “the loveliest person” by his heartbroken fiancée.

Denise Lewis and Neil Farrer, who died in a motorbike crash.

Denise Lewis and Neil Farrer, who died in a motorbike crash.

The 41-year-old was travelling towards Grassmoor on his red Honda 125cc motorcycle when the collision happened in Park Road, Holmewood.

Mr Farrer, of Smithy Place, Grassmoor, was treated at the scene but died as a result of his injuries.

He was due to marry his fiancee, Denise Lewis, in a dream Christmas Eve ceremony this year.

Tearful Ms Lewis, who had been in a relationship with Mr Farrer for three years, said: “I could fill your paper with words on how wonderful Neil was.

Neil was, quite simply, the loveliest person

Denise Lewis

“He was loving, caring, witty – everybody adored him. He was a devoted dad.

“Neil was, quite simply, the loveliest person.

“I’m absolutely devastated but I’ve got so many happy memories of him – everyone who knew him will never forget him.

“If I had one wish, it would be to have him back.”

Neil with stepchildren Tyler, Lauren and Jodie and her fiancee Amie and one of his other children Chloe.

Neil with stepchildren Tyler, Lauren and Jodie and her fiancee Amie and one of his other children Chloe.

Ms Lewis added: “We couldn’t wait for our wedding.

“We were making preparations and so excited for that day.

“It breaks my heart to think our dream is not going to happen.”

Mr Farrer, who was stepdad to Ms Lewis’s three children and father to four other children, worked as a forklift truck driver at Rick Bestwick in Holmewood.

Neil with two of his stepchildren Tyler and Lauren and one of his other children Chloe.

Neil with two of his stepchildren Tyler and Lauren and one of his other children Chloe.

He was a keen motorcyclist and also enjoyed gardening, going on days out and spending time with his family and friends.

Flowers and messages have been left at the crash site and tributes have been pouring in on Facebook for Mr Farrer.

Janice Bedford said: “RIP Neil. You will be sadly missed by all who loved you.”

Zara Divall said: “Thoughts are with your lovely wife-to-be and your family.”

Wanda Hancock said: “Such a sad loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with your family. God bless.”

During a hearing at Chesterfield coroners’ court on Monday, Mr Farrer’s inquest was opened and adjourned to a later date.

His funeral will take place in Cambridgeshire, where he was born.

Anyone who saw the collision, which happened at about 6pm on Thursday, should call police on 101, quoting incident number 571.

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