Family pays tribute to a ‘gentle giant’

Philip McClean

The family of a Lingfield man who died in a collision in September have issued a tribute.

Philip McClean, 54, died following a collision involving the motorbike he was riding and a car on Tandridge Lane on September 16.

His family said in a statement:
“His family miss him a great deal and he’s left a great big whole in our lives.
“He was a loving father, partner, step dad, granddad, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. Family was the most important thing to him, and he came from a large family. He was one of eight siblings in a large family.

“He’s been a motorbike rider for the last 30 years and was a very experienced and competent rider, that was his freedom. He was never happier than when he was on his bike.
“He was also a doorman for more than 30 years too. That was where he met most of his friends. He was a larger than life character and a gentle giant.

“He wasn’t a drinker so he made sure people were safe in a firm, but fair way. There was so much respect for him. He was known as the Governor and all that worked for or with him said he was the best boss in the business.

“He also loved the horses and worked at Lingfield Racecourse for more than 10 years. He liked a little flutter too.

“We would like to thank the Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance and anyone who stopped and help him on the day. We are all thinking of them and are grateful for the help that they gave.”

The investigation remains ongoing.

Anyone with any information should contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit by calling 01483 639922 or email and quote the reference number PR/45180099510.

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