Family share final photograph of tragic A5 motorcyclist from Enderby.

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Final photograph of Ian Massey hours before his death [Photo via Leicester Mercury]

This is the last photograph taken of tragic maintenance engineer Ian Massey.

An item in the Leicester Mercury reported that it was taken as he sat at his desk at Magna Park, near Lutterworth, on Tuesday afternoon.

That was around the same time as relatives prepared for a family get-together due to be held that evening.

The news item continued:
“But it was a gathering the 51-year-old father-of-four, from Enderby, would sadly not make.

Just hours after he sent the image, taken using his mobile phone by a colleague, Ian was killed while riding his motorbike to join the party.

His brother Rick Massey, 55, also from Enderby, said:

“The photo was taken while at work hours before Ian’s life was tragically taken from us.

“It was a sort of ‘think of me when you’re all at home enjoying yourselves’ thing.”

The crash happened at about 6.15pm, on the west-bound carriageway, involving Ian’s red Suzuki and a green Rover Mini.

He sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ian leaves wife Sarah, the couple’s four daughters and several grandchildren.

Rick said:

“One of our two sisters had organised a post-Christmas family get-together at her place in Enderby as a lot of us hadn’t seen each other over the festive break.

“We are a very tight family and our mum still lives nearby in Narborough.

“We had been waiting for Ian to turn up and, because he was late, Sarah went outside to look out for him.

“By about 7.30pm, she realised something was not right.

“She went home but Ian wasn’t there and thought his bike may have broken down so she drove to Bumblebee Lane, near Sharnford, which was his usual route home.

“When she got there, that’s when she saw all the flashing blue lights on the A5.”

Rick added:

“Police told her that he’d been involved in an accident. They were really good with her and brought her home.

“That’s when Sarah was told he had been killed. She called us at the party to tell us the tragic news. She is obviously absolutely devastated, as we all are. We were all in a daze.

“At least we were all together, so I guess that made it a bit easier as we were all there to support each other. We are all heartbroken.”

Ian worked as a maintenance engineer for Swisslog, based at Magna Park, and had previously worked in a similar role at retail giant Asda’s distribution depot at the same site.

His passions included motorcycles and rock music.

Rick said:

“Motorbikes were Ian’s true passion.

“That’s what we talked about the last time we met the day before Christmas Eve.

“But he was no fair weather rider like me. He died doing something he loved.”

He added:

“Ian was also a big rock music fan and his favourite band were Queen. He loved everything by them.

“He also loved Motorhead in what he called his ‘head-banging” days as a youngster and it’s a sad irony that Lemmy died on the same day – he was one of Ian’s favourites.”

Rick paid tribute to his younger brother as a “one-in-a-million”.

He said:

“Ian just loved life and loved his family. He would have done anything for his kids.

“He was the true rock of the family who held everything together.

“Ian was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and friend to many.

“He was a one-in-a-million.

“We loved him dearly and he will be sorely missed.”

The family got together on New Year’s Eve for a party celebrating Ian’s life.

An inquest has yet to be opened into his death, after which his funeral arrangements will be made.

The driver of the Mini was taken to the University Hospital of Coventry at Walsgrave, where she was treated for what police described as “minor injuries”.

Detective Constable Paul Bingham, of the Leicestershire force’s accident investigation team, said he would like to speak to anyone who was travelling along the A5 and saw the collision or the vehicles being driven beforehand.

Anyone with information is asked to contact him by dialling the police 101 number.

Original news item [Leicester Mercury]:

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