Family pays tribute to ‘devoted’ dad from East Devon who died after a motorcycle crash in Dorset

Tributes have been paid to a ‘devoted’ dad and ‘wonderful’ family man from East Devon who died after a motorbike crash in Dorset earlier this month.

The family of 59-year-old Ray Robley, from Seaton, who died on September 7, have spoken of his passion for motorcycles and his love for family and friends, adding: “We cannot even begin to describe the enormity of the loss we are feeling now.”

Married Ray, who had been riding his blue Yamaha motorcycle, was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital with serious injuries on the afternoon of September 4, after he was involved in a collision with a Honiton man in his 40s who was riding a black Honda motorbike.

The motorcyclists crashed at Veasta roundabout, on the A354 Dorchester Road.

The rider of the other bike was uninjured, Dorset Police said.

A spokesperson for Ray’s family said: “Ray was a wonderful husband of 30 years and a devoted, loving, proud father to his children.

“Ray was a fun, caring, selfless man who lived life to the fullest. Motorbikes were his passion from a young age, if he wasn’t with his family or friends, you could guarantee he’d either be on his bike or in the shed tinkering with the bike.”

The family spokesperson added: “But it is not just his family who will be reeling from this loss; Ray will be sorely missed among the local community, his close friends and of course his bike club.”

Ray’s family said: “You will always be in our hearts and minds. We love you very much.”

Dorset Police said officers were continuing to investigate the crash and are appealing for witnesses to come forward, or to hear from any motorists with dashcam footage of the collision.

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The family of 59-year-old Ray Robley, from Seaton, who died on September 7, have spoken of his passion for motorcycles and his love for family and friends.

Sergeant Jay Griffin, of Dorset Police traffic unit, said: “Our thoughts are with Ray’s family and loved-ones at this extremely difficult time.

“We are continuing to investigate the full circumstances of this collision and I would again ask any witnesses or anyone with relevant dashcam footage to please come forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police here, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, and quoting occurrence number 55210143074.

Information can also be passed anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or via the charity’s website.

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