Son pays tribute to ‘loveable rogue’ after father dies in bike crash

PUBLISHED: 16:00 01 February 2017 | UPDATED: 16:02 01 February 2017

John Puddy

John Puddy


The son of a Clevedon man who tragically died in a motorbike accident has paid tribute to his ‘loveable rogue’ father.

John Puddy was riding his motorbike along the A39 in Chewton Mendip on January 22, when he was involved in a collision with a Land Rover Freelander.

His family say John was an extremely popular character who ‘amassed’ friends everywhere.

Alan Puddy, John’s son, said: “My dad was a proper classic Arthur Daley of his era.

“A loveable rogue who just amassed friends wherever he went with his outward-going character.

“I would say he was a very rare type indeed who just made people smile.

“His grandson, Jason, was saying the messages since the accident almost promote him as a celebrity, such was his popularity locally.

“He will miss his dogs, the fellows he biked with everywhere and leaves all his family heartbroken.”

John was also a dedicated member of the South West and Wales Superbike Club, who he used to attend regular bike rides with.

A statement on the group’s Facebook page says: “It is with great sadness that we lost one of our Somerset members today.

“He lost his life riding his favourite machine.

“John Puddy, you will be missed by many but never forgotten.”

John is survived by his partner Nancy, three children and three grandchildren.

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