Wales

Motorcyclist from Conwy killed in crash was 'best dad'

Jeremy 'Jez' Daffern, pictured with pictured with his son Jak, wife Nicola and daughter Dani
Image caption Jeremy 'Jez' Daffern, pictured with pictured with his son Jak, wife Nicola and daughter Dani

The family of a 43-year-old motorcyclist who died in a collision with a pick-up truck say he was the "best dad, who lived for his kids".

Jeremy Daffern, from Belgrano, Conwy, died on the A543 at Groes near Denbigh last Sunday evening.

Children Jak, 16 and Dani, 14, said their father, known as Jez, survived a brain tumour four years ago.

"He should have died then, but was so strong and invincible, he was like a cat with nine lives," Jak said.

In their statement issued through North Wales Police, Jak added: "There is no-one I loved more than my dad. He was everything to me.

"He was very protective of us and I felt really safe around him, because he was the type of person who never backed down."

Jak had recently moved back to live with his father in north Wales from Brighton, where he lived with his mother Nicola.

Although the couple lived apart, they had remained the "best of friends and would try do as much as possible as a family," the children said.

"Dad would always make the effort to see us, no matter what," said Jak.

Image caption The crash happened at Groes, near Denbigh

Mr Daffern, who had seven brothers and four sisters, was originally from Prestatyn and had lived in Belgrano for 21 years.

He had worked as a HGV driver and as a doorman for various Rhyl venues, but the former bodybuilder's main interest was in motorbikes and cars.

Dani added: "He loved memories and holidays and he kept everything. He loved our horse Colby and used to ride him pretending he was an experienced rider when in fact he had never ridden before in his life."

Nicola added: "He was a very sentimental man. His house was his castle and everything was about his kids.

"He always said they were his best achievement and he will live on through them."

The funeral will be on Wednesday at 1215 BST at St Thomas Church, Rhyl.

The truck driver received minor injuries in the collision. Police have appealed for witnesses.

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