Tribute to life-long biker following collision on A36

Alert message sent 14/10/2020 15:48:00

Information sent on behalf of Wiltshire Police

The family of the motorcyclist involved in the fatal road traffic collision on Thursday night (08/10) on the A36 near Salisbury, between Wilton and South Newton, has been paying tribute to him. 

Stephen Cooke, aged 66, from Dilton Marsh was sadly pronounced dead at the scene after the collision, which involved his motorbike only, shortly before 9.00pm

Here is the family tribute in the words of his daughter Alice Cooke: 

"There aren’t enough words in the world to describe this incredible man who was not only a dad but a good friend to us all because we are such a close-knit family. 
"Dad was such an amazingly talented man – a force of nature really. 
"He had a love for the daring and dangerous at times and all through his life he enjoyed adventure. 
"He also had an energic free spirit which was eccentric in as much as he would try anything and create so much happiness in his unique, creative way.  
"He loved riding motorbikes which he had done throughout his life. 
"He was so musically talented too – being able to sing, lead choirs and play the church organ; most recently he was playing regularly for St Mary’s, Bathwick.   
"He was also extremely skillful with his hands – making musical instruments; both designing and building them.
"The family business, working with his son and my brother, of church organ restoration allowed him to showcase this talent.   
"He will be deeply missed by everybody for all the above, but his spirit and love of life will remain in our lasting memories of him." 

A picture of Stephen can be found here. 
Message sent by
Mark Jones (Police, Media Officer, Wiltshire)

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