The family of Matthew Tester, locally known as Tik, have paid tribute to a "much loved son, husband, father, brother, uncle and friend to so many" following his death in Walton-on-Thames on Thursday (22 April).
Tik's brother said:
"Tik was a much-loved son, husband, father, brother, uncle and friend to so many. Those who knew him will talk of his humour, generosity, willingness to help and his cheeky grin.
"This tragedy has absolutely rocked the family who have been devastated by Tik’s death. The hurt and sadness we’ve felt over the past few days simply cannot be fully quantified…and something no-one should ever experience.
"The consequences and ripples of Tik’s death will have a lasting effect on so many lives. No mother should expect to outlive their son.
"Over the past few days, the family have been inundated with condolences, love and such warmth and well wishes from friends across the country - a testament to the love and affection people have for Tik and his family. This has been of a great comfort.
Tik is a figure widely known and loved within the Scootering community, which have all been rocked by the news of their friend’s tragic death. This affection has so far raised over £11k from nearly 500 donations from the scooterists worldwide in a GoFundMe, and £22k from the various Just Giving pages set up to help the family."
Tik's daughter said:
"Dad taught me how to live. Our favourite thing was just to laugh, because even in our darkest time we did it together."
Our thoughts remain with Tik's family at this difficult time.