The family of a man who died in a road accident this week have paid tribute to a doting father, loving husband and a son to be proud of.
Steve Bristow, 42, of Church Walk, Bourne, was fatally injured in a crash between his motorbike and a van on the A15 north of Baston on Monday.
His family are still coming to terms with the sudden loss. But speaking on Wednesday wife Gail, parents Terri and Gary, and children Laura, 18, and George, 12, had nothing but kind words to say about a popular and well-liked man.
Terri said the outpouring of tributes to Steve and support for the family had been a huge surprise. A tribute post from Gail on Facebook has had more than 400 comments.
“We all thought he was our best friend, but we didn’t realise how many best friends he had,” said Gail.
Steve was born in Harlow, Essex, before moving to Bourne with his parents and siblings Daniel and Toni in his late teens. He was a lorry driver and care assistant before joining the family building firm.
He showed an interest in anything with an engine from an early age. Terri said: “He was into everything as a kid. He was always out and about. He rode motorbikes and scooters.
“He was always out on the roads. He was into anything that moves.”
Gail remembers meeting Steve for the first time.
“What attracted me was his sense of humour and his outlook on life,” she said.
Steve’s enthusiasm for life was infectious.
“He would never sit down, whether he was going out on a bike with George or getting Laura to try to drive her car,” said Gail. “He wasn’t a sit-down person. He would rather go out in the garage.”
Steve passed that enthusiasm on to his children, who are full of quirky stories about their father. George remembers one time when his father bought him a kart kit.
“He needed to set it up but he didn’t have the greatest reputation as an electrician. He was colourblind for a start.
“He cut all the wiring loop and it didn’t work. He bought a new wiring loop and did it again.”
Laura added: “He used to go driving with me. He was really good and very patient.
“He would do anything for us. All my friends couldn’t believe how much he did.
“He would take me down to London and drop me off for a concert, then wait for hours to pick me up again.”
Gail added: “He was doting to his children. They were everything to him.”
Steve shared a love of motorsports with his brother and father. They all drove for Bourne Kart Club at various points in time, and Steve rode motorbikes in the New Era Club Bike Championships at Cadwell Park.
He would spend hours in his garage taking vehicles apart and putting them back together. He liked to stand out in all aspects of his life, from his Dalmation-pattern motorbike to his huge Lego man tattoo.
He was also a keen camper, and Gail remembers their last trip, taken in freezing November weather.
○ Steve’s family has asked that instead of leaving flowers at the scene of the crash, anyone who wishes to pay tribute to him should make a donation to the air ambulance.