Family and community mourning after death of dad-of-two in Upminster bike crash

A FAMILY is in mourning and a community in shock following the sudden death of a father-of-two in a motorbike accident.

Tony Kemp, 25, who lived locally, was killed in Hall Lane, Upminster, on Tuesday morning, when his bike reportedly hit a parked car.

Mr Kemp’s family, friends and colleagues have been left reeling, as has the close-knit Upminster community.

Dozens of floral tributes have been left at the scene, including from Mr Kemp’s twin baby daughters, Daisy and Jasmine, and his fiancee Lauren.

She wrote: “My baby Tony. I love you so much, I can’t believe you’re gone.

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“I hope I wake up tomorrow and this is all a bad dream. You have been stolen from us just as our family started.

“The girls will always know how lucky they were to have you as their daddy. I hope you will always be looking over us as you’ll be in our hearts forever.

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“I thought we would be together forever and grow old together. I really don’t know what I will do without you.

“I love you Tony and so do our girls. 138 forever.”

Messages left on behalf of Daisy and Jasmine both read: “Love you daddy.”

One friend called Stuart left a can of Stella, on which was written the message: “Have one on me number 1 striker.”

John Lyons wrote: “Gone but not forgotten. I will always think of the good times. Tony boy you will be missed by lots of friends and family.”

Passers-by stopping to read the tributes were still in shock. One woman, who lives nearby, said: “I felt sick when I heard what happened. It’s such a sad loss.”

Mr Kemp was a fan of Manchester United football club and male friends and family have been asked to wear the team’s shirts at the funeral, which has yet to be arranged.

He had worked at G D McKay in Hornchurch since 2007. Directors Gordon and Angela McKay said in a statment: “Tony was very well liked and a popular member of our close knit community.

“He had an infectious smile and all around him couldn’t help but smile back. The rest of the staff are completely numb and some are finding it very difficult to concentrate on their work.

“We are all in shock and Tony will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with his partner, twin daughters and all his family and friends at this sad time.”

A Facebook page and a Gone Too Soon memorial site have been set up. Mandy Foskett wrote on Facebook: “Life is not fair, it was not his turn.”

A relative wrote on Gone Too Soon: “A loving fiance, daddy, son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, grandson and friend to so many people who loved and adored him.

“Life isn’t fair otherwise he would still be here with us now. Tony had so much to live for.

“Your babies are going to grow up knowing who their daddy was and how much of a great person he was.”

Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision, which happened around 7.55am. Officers want to trace a potential witness driving a small silver car, possibly or similar to a Ford Ka, seen heading in the direction of Upminster town centre.

Anyone with information call the Road Death Investigation Unit on 0208 597 4874.

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