Father dies in accident

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A CLOSE-KNIT Suffolk family has been left devastated after the tragic death of a ‘fun-loving’ family man.

Richard Brown, 40, from Hitcham, died on Friday after his motorcycle was involved in a collision with a car on the B1115 as he headed home from work to the village he had lived in with his family for more than 15 years.

On Wednesday, his mother, Daphne Harvey, paid tribute to her ‘fun-loving’ son. Mrs Harvey, from Stowmarket, described Richard – known as Rick to his friends and family – as a ‘brilliant dad’ and a ‘dedicated family man’ who spent many years as a house husband.

The father-of-two was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident on Friday. He was riding a Kawasaki motorcycle and the other vehicle was a Nissan Navara which was towing a trailer.

Emergency services were called to the incident shortly before 2.30pm. Suffolk Police closed a section of the B1115 for more than three hours while emergency services were on the scene.

Mrs Harvey, a support worker for Sense, said Rick had years of experience riding motorcycles. “He loved his motorbikes, he had always ridden motorbikes. It’s all they ever did when they were younger,” she said.

She also said he enjoyed riding quad bikes with his two sons, 12-year-old Isaac and Jove, eight, as well as spending time outdoors.“He was very eco-friendly, he liked being outdoors and had chickens and a vegetable patch at home.”

She said it was fitting that he would have a wicker coffin.

Mrs Harvey described the builder and carpenter as a ‘rock of a husband’ to wife Michelle and said he was very romantic: “Wherever he was, he always brought her home a red rose.”

Rick was born in Stowmarket in 1971 and grew up in Mendlesham Green with his mother, his father John Brown, and his three brothers – Paul, Andrew and Karl. He went to school in Bacton before moving on to Stowupland High School.

When his mother remarried, Rick grew close to his stepfather Roy Harvey, his stepsister Ellie and his stepbrother Ashley.

Mrs Harvey said the close family would not be the same without Rick. “It’s such a numb feeling. You have a son, and you don’t expect your son to go before you. There’s nothing I can say to bring him back,” she said.

Rick’s funeral will be held at Bury St Edmunds crematorium on Thursday at 11.15am. The family asks for roses or fresh-cut garden flowers.

An inquest into Rick’s death was opened and adjourned on Tuesday.

Anyone who saw the vehicles prior to the collision, or the crash itself, should contact Suffolk Police on 01473 613500.