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Tributes to tragic Erith motorcyclist, Jeff Rush, killed in Germany
An 'amazing' Erith man, who was killed in a motorcycle accident in Germany, has received a spectacular send-off from family and friends.
Jeff Rush, aged 42, of Slade Green Gardens was riding his beloved Suzuki motorbike between Titisee-Neustadt and Barenthal in the Black Forest region of Germany when he was involved in a collision with two cars.
Mr Rush made his final journey through Bexley this morning (June 16) in a unique Suzuki-themed coffin, painted blue and white to match his motorcycle, carried in a special motorcycle hearse.
Friends of the much-loved biker took to the saddle to accompany his coffin from RL Morgan Funeral Directors in Long Lane, Bexleyheath to Eltham Crematorium in Crown Woods Way as part of a motorcycle procession.
Tributes have been paid to the lift engineer who worked for Kone, based in London, who died while visiting Germany with 17 other motorcyclists, including friend Tony Halliday, aged 54, from Orpington, who was also killed in the incident.
Jeff had recently moved in with his partner of 18 months, Louise Neighbour, aged 31.
The pair, who met through their families 11 years ago, finally got together when Jeff agreed to help Louise move house despite the pair having met only four times.
Mother-of-two young children, Libby and Oliver, Miss Neighbour said: "Jeff and I were soul mates and best friends and we had the utmost respect for each other and we constantly had so much fun together and made each other laugh.
"Jeff adored my children and he was amazing with them - the children adored him too and they love him and miss him so much. He has instilled values in them that they will have forever.
"Jeff was always so enthusiastic and full on, he had so much passion and zest for life. He was so hard working and was always thinking of the next venture he wanted to do.
"He was so strong willed and if he had something to say he would say it, he wouldn't shy away from anything.
"Jeff would do anything for anyone and he would always put himself out to help others, he was always looking out for and taking care of me.
"Jeff and I totally adored each other and friends say they have never seen him so happy I do take comfort in that , and he also made me so happy and complete.
"I could always rely on Jeff , I could trust him and I know he would never let me down."
Described by his family as a 'petrol-head', Jeff was a talented motorcyclist and had developed a love for bikes and cars at a young age.
He enjoyed travelling around the world to take part in car and motorcycle events.
Jeff's sister, Kay Rush, aged 44, from Aveley in Essex, also paid tribute to her brother, calling him an "exceptional motorcyclist" who could have turned professional.
Miss Rush said: "My brother was amazing.
"He was the life and soul of the party - he could make anybody laugh, it wasn't a party without Jeff.
"He was the sweetest and kindest brother anybody could ask for - he would do anything for anybody and he will be missed so so much."
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