A WIGAN dad has died in a motorcyle crash while holidaying in Scotland.
The three children of Neil Parr today led the tributes to “a lovely, kind man who had friends everywhere.”
The 40-year-old from Old Lane, Shevington, was on his way to a break in the Inner Hebridean island of Raasay with biker pals on Saturday morning when tragedy struck on the outskirts of Inverness.
Engineer Mr Parr, who had set off on the latest leg of the journey north ahead of the rest of the party in order to find a petrol station, appears to have swerved out of control and been thrown from his Aprilia bike.
A Citroen C4 coming in the opposite direction was involved in the accident but it is understood that it had virtually stopped by the time it was in collision with Mr Parr.
Mr Parr was declared dead at the scene. The elderly couple in the Citroen were said to be badly shaken but did not need hospital treatment.
The victim’s friends arrived on their bikes just minutes after the incident.
The scene of the crash - the B8082 Sir Walter Scott Drive - was closed for several hours as investigations were carried out and a report has since been presented to the Procurator Fiscal who conducts inquests in Scotland.
Mr Parr leaves daughters Megan, 22, and Sinead, 20, 13-year-old son Fraser, ex-wife Gail, new partner Deb Turner and her two children, parents Brenda and Alec, and brother Stewart who was also going on the same holiday a day behind and was pulled over by police en route to be informed of the accident.
Megan said: “He was a very humble, kind and lovely man - a real people person with lots of friends everywhere. Everyone who knew him liked him. Debs loved the bones of him and he meant the world to his mum who has taken it really badly.”
Fraser said that among his happiest memories would be playing on X-Box with his dad and the recent trip the pair of them made together to Wembley to see Wigan win the Challenge Cup.
Sinead said her dad had been passionate about motorbikes and used to take the children for pillion rides. He even called one of his pet dogs Jess because it sounded like his first bike - a GS 1,000!
Mr Parr, who as youngster attended Beech Hill Primary and Whitley High Schools, had excelled at rugby league and cricket as a boy and a younger man. He was a former member of both the Shevington Sharks and Leyland Bus and Truck RL teams and played for Standish Cricket Club.
And professionally he was a much-in-demand engineering turner, most recently working for Latimers in Southport where he was a senior manager.
Photographer Gail said: “Although we were divorced and found new partners we remained on very good terms. Neil was a very good listener and was always in the middle of organising things.
“He was never happier than when he was gathering friends together for one reason or another.
“Debs loved him to bits and she was perfect for him. Because we all still get on it will help us all get through this together.”
Police say that on the day of the accident there were no problems with visibility.
Funeral arrangements have yet to be made.