‘Remember him with a smile’ – family of killed biker

Ronnie Johnson
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THE partner of a biker who died in a collision with a car has said he will be remembered with a smile as she paid tribute to the dad.

Ronald Johnson, 41, of Holmhill Gardens in Easington Colliery, died at James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough after the accident.

It happened at the junction of Thorpe Road and Rosemary Lane, and Seaside Lane in Easington Village at 7.45pm on Sunday.

Mr Johnson, who was known as Ronnie, had been heading towards the A19 when his Suzuki bike was involved in a smash with Nissan Micra, driven in the opposite direction by an 84-year-old woman from Peterlee, who had been intending to turn right into Thorpe Road.

Mr Johnson, who was well known in the Seaham area, was dad to Jack, seven, and stepdad to Daniel, 11.

His family have said they will “feel the loss eternally” following the tragedy.

His partner Marie Hilder has spoken of how she will no longer be able to hold the love of her life, who had a “wicked sense of humour”.

She said his son would carry on in his dad’s image.

She said: “Words will never describe the loss that will be felt as a result of the events of Sunday night.

“We hope people remember him with a smile.

“Everyone who knew him would state he was a hard-working guy who always had a smile on his face.”