Fiancée's heartbreaking tribute to dad-of-three, 30, killed in motorbike crash
Joe Cannon went for spin on his brand new 125cc bike he'd bought for a job due to start today – but never returned.
His fiancée Leanne Bale and her teenage daughter Taylor went looking for him on Sunday night and found the crash scene not far from their home in Drybrook, Gloucester.
Paramedics battled to save him but he died on the same night.
Leanne said: “Never in your wildest dreams do you think something so awful could happen.
"He hadn’t had a bike for years and was so excited to get one he could not stop smiling all day.
“I didn’t want him to go out that night but he was so excited, he wanted to ride it.”
The couple met in 2013 and got engaged on Christmas Day that year.
Distraught Leanne said: “I loved him so, so much, my world will never be the same again.”
“I’m not the only one, everybody loved Joe. He was an amazing dad and all the kids loved him because he was a big kid himself.
“Everybody warmed to him because he was always helping people out and he made friends wherever he went.
“He wasn’t one of those men who are too scared to show his feelings. When Joe loved you, you knew it. He was really soppy.
“He loved us and he loved his family to bits. I still can’t believe he’s gone.”
The couple, who both had a child from previous relationships, had their son Jai-Jai together nearly two years ago.
In a heart-wrenching note Taylor, Tyler and Jai-Jai wrote: "To Daddy, We'll miss you so much and we'll never forget you.
"We love you so so much and wish you were here with us making us smile."
The handyman was due to start a new job for Future Rooms, a company which makes glamping pods.
The keen sportsman was born and brought up in a close-knit loving Mormon family in Quedgeley, Gloucester, and went to Field Court Junior School and then the Crypt Grammar School where his mother Sue is still a secretary.
Leanne added: “Joe was like warm sunshine. He was our sunlight and it’s going to be a very dark place without him.
“We are all devastated.”
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