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Tributes paid to popular builder after bike crash

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TRIBUTES have been pouring in for Mayfield builder Owen Pilkington, who was tragically killed in an accident while out on his motorbike.

His white Honda motorcycle, which was travelling from Ashbourne, was involved in a collision with a grey Land Rover Freelander near the junction of Hall Lane on the A52 between Osmaston and Brailsford on Friday.

The 40-year-old, who lived in Ashlea Drive, was a well-known character in town through running his own building company for many years.

Adrian “Weege” Galvin, of Old Derby Hill, said: “Owen was a first rate bloke to be honest. He’s done a lot of work for me in the past, nothing was ever too much trouble for him, he kept his promises and he was a fantastic and very reliable builder.

“We used to have a right laugh together. I would ring him up and ask if I had got through to Cowboy Builders – but he always knew it was me and we’d have a good laugh about that.

“He was always there for his friends – and we will all miss him and his brilliant sense of humour.”

Richard Martin said he knew Owen from when they were pupils at Parkside Junior School together.

He said: “I’ve known Owen for more than 30 years and we’ve shared lots of many good times and sad times.

“Owen was a well-known person and had lots of friends.

“After passing his bricklayers’ course at Wilmorton College he went on to improve his skills working for Tyler and Coates and then branching out on his own and creating a well-respected name for himself in the building trade completing many different projects.

“He’ll be sadly missed by all who had the privilege to know him and our sympathy goes out to the family.”

Steve Massey, from Ashbourne, also went to school with Owen and said over the years they had become really good friends.

He said: “He was the most genuine person you could ever meet, and I will miss him and his brilliant sense of humour.

“I started working with him about five years ago, and we had some great times together.

“He loved his work, it meant the world to him, and he built up a reputation for being honest, reliable and a total perfectionist.

“He really was one of my best friends, we spent so much time together with work that my wife used to say he saw more of me than she did.

“It’s just very, very sad for everyone who knew him.”

The crash happened on the A52, Painters Lane, between Osmaston and Brailsford at 9pm on Friday, June 20.

The road was closed until 2am on Saturday June 21 while officers dealt with the aftermath of the collision.

Officers are appealing for anyone who may have seen the collision or saw either vehicle prior to the incident to contact Derbyshire Police Collision Investigation Unit on 101 and ask for PC 919 Glynn.

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