Dead Risby cyclist was a family man

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A ‘well loved’ family man died on Monday following injuries he received from a collision at the weekend, which involved his bicycle and a car.

Julian ‘Jules’ Evans’ family has spoken of the ‘devastating tragedy’ which took place in Newmarket Road, Risby, at around 2.35pm on Sunday.

They said: “Jules was quite simply loved and respected by everyone who came into contact with him.

“It is a devastating tragedy that such a special, well loved, kind and decent man has been taken from us.

“Words cannot describe how much he will be missed.”

A neighbour and good friend added: “He was one of life’s ‘good guys’.”

Another said: “He was just a lovely, lovely person.”

Mr Evans, 51, had lived in Woodland Close, Risby, for 14 years.

He was married with one step-daughter and worked as a regional sales manager for a West Yorkshire based firm called sia Abrasives, which he had worked at since leaving school at the age of 17.

He sustained serious head injuries when his bike and a red Nissan Micra were in a collision on Sunday afternoon.

Newmarket Road was closed for around three hours while police carried out an investigation.

Mr Evans was taken to Addenbrookes hospital, in Cambridge, but died the following day.

Ray Bardsley, general manager of sia Abrasives, said: “He was just the most thoroughly decent, likeable chap you could wish to meet.

“He was highly respected by his colleagues and customers and many of his customers were friends. He was just a genuinely fantastic guy.”

Mark Leader, who has lived next door to Mr Evans and his family for the last four years, said: “Jules was a lovely, kind, gentle family man who will be missed greatly by everyone who was blessed to have known him. My wife and I will miss him dearly.”

One neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: “I was upset to hear what had happened because I cycle round there and to think it could have been me, or anybody else, is frightening.”

Anyone who saw the collision should call Pc Andy Smith at the Serious Collision Investigation Team at Suffolk Police on 101.