The family of a local man who died in a fatal crash on November 17 on A158 Wragby Road at Sudbrooke, near Lincoln, have paid tributes to a “devoted family man”.
Michael Brian Williams (53) of Sudbrooke, Lincoln was known as Brian to all of his family and friends.
He was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash between his yellow Yamaha 600cc motorbike and a white car.
A 27-year-old man from Wales was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving in connection with this incident.
He has been released on police bail pending further enquiries until January 18, 2012.
Brian Williams’ wife, Helen (46) said his loss will leave an enormous gap in the family’s lives.
“He was a very experienced rider and so careful. We can’t believe what’s happened, it just doesn’t make any sense. We’re absolutely devastated.”
“We were married for 27 years and I can honestly say I cannot think of a single fault in Brian.
“We were his whole life and he did nothing without us. His life was about us and serving his country and community,” she said.
The whole family expressed their shock at Mr Williams being involved in a motorcycle accident.
His son, Scott Williams, a 23-year-old post-graduate student in Lincoln said: “My dad wanted to spend as much time with us as possible every day.
“He was so caring and generous to a fault. It didn’t matter what walk of life you were from, if you asked him for help, he’d find a way.”
Williams’ daughter, 25-year-old Manchester-based paralegal Arianne Williams, said she would also miss her dad’s sense of humour.
“We’ve had so many letters and cards from family, friends, army colleagues and prison service colleagues.
“No one has a bad word to say about him and they all talk about how much he made them laugh – he’ll be missed so much by so many people.”
The father-of-two was born and raised in South Wales, where he lived until he joined the army at the age of 16.
Serving in The Royal Hussars (PWO) as a tank commander, he carried out several tours of Northern Ireland and Germany.
Williams was based at Bovington in Dorset when he retired from his military career at the age of 30.
After leaving the army the family moved to Grimsby, and the 53-year-old worked as a Prison Officer in Hull, before transferring to Lincoln Prison and finally settling in Sudbrooke.