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Tributes for motorcyclist father of three Tony Underwood killed in Penzance collision

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: February 20, 2013

  • A picture drawn by Tony Underwood's daughter Ocean and taped to the lamppost at the spot where he died.

  • Family tributes to Tony Underwood, who died in a road accident on Saturday.

  • Family tributes to Tony Underwood who died in a road accident last Saturday.

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FRIENDS have named the man who died in a motorcycle collision that brought Penzance to a standstill on Saturday as Tony Underwood, a father of three and grandfather from west Cornwall.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the accident involving an Audi saloon and Mr Underwood's Suzuki motorbike at around 3.40pm on Saturday outside the Cliff Hotel at Chyandour Cliff.

The Audi driver, a local woman in her thirties, was not injured but Mr Underwood, 40, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police had still not named the motorcyclist as The Cornishman went to press but by Sunday night friends were posting fond messages to Mr Underwood's Facebook page.

The former Cape Cornwall School pupil is believed to have been living in Porthtowan after recently returning from living in Spain.

His wife Rebecca Underwood, known as Becks, changed Tony's Facebook picture on Sunday night to an image of the two of them with the message: "The night I met the man of my dreams."

The page was quickly filled with messages from friends and family recalling Mr Underwood's sense of humour and love of life.

Daughter Jess Underwood wrote: "Don't know what to say, frozen. Love you all xxxxxxx"

Adrian Varney wrote: "I am sorry to hear this news. I am still having trouble believing it. So much love to you Becks, our thoughts are with you. Tony was a great fella always laughing and making people laugh. All round nice guy!"

He leaves Becks and their two children, son Ethan and daughter Ocean, and Jess, his daughter from a previous relationship.

Mr Underwood is said to have worked in property renovation and car sales before moving to Spain.

An impromptu tribute to Tony has sprung up near the spot where he died. A lamp-post at the bottom of Lannoweth Road is now adorned with flowers and messages from family and friends, including a touching picture by daughter Ocean showing an angel, and a message from his widow.

It reads: "On Saturday 16th February I lost my best friend and soul mate, the love of my life, Tony Underwood. Words cannot describe how my family and I are feeling inside and I cannot imagine life without him."

The main road into Penzance was closed for more than six hours for investigations.

Police would like to speak to anyone who may have seen the motorcycle travelling along Chyandour Cliff towards Eastern Green prior to the incident. Anyone with information is being asked to call the collisions unit on 101, quoting log number 555 of February 16.

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