Tributes paid to ‘loving’ motorcyclist who died in crash on Sussex border

A family has paid tribute to a ‘loving’ and ‘witty’ grandfather who died following a motorcycle collision on the Sussex border.

Philip Ostheimer, from Sevenoaks in Kent, was riding a Triumph Tiger Sport along Hartfield Road in Cowden when he collided with a deer at around 8.40pm on Tuesday August 27.

The 66-year-old then fell from his bike into the path of an oncoming Land Rover Defender, sustaining fatal injuries.

Police said the driver of the car, a 34-year-old man from Crowborough, was uninjured.

Paying tribute to Philip, his family said:

“Our Dad recently retired after nearly 40 years working as a fitter.

“He had a love for both riding and watching motorbikes, and had ridden through many parts of Europe with friends over the recent years.

“Dad was a hard-working, dedicated and proud husband and father who could put his hand to anything, known by many as Mr Fix-It.

“He was always happy to help and was well known for his energetic character and witty sense of humour.

“He loved the outdoors, exploring the country with Mum in their caravan, and he especially loved a sandy beach in a hot country.

“This year our parents celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary which came just a few weeks after the birth of their first grandchild, who Dad absolutely adored.

“We will ensure that Connor knows what a kind and loving Grandad he had and will of course tell him all those ‘Dad jokes’ we listened to over the years.

“Our Dad will be greatly missed by his many friends and family, but our memories of him will never be forgotten.

“He leaves behind a loving and devoted wife, two children, a four-month-old grandson, a sister, and many other close family members and friends.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or saw either of the vehicles being driven in the area beforehand, is asked to email [email protected] quoting Operation Bursar.