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Tayside biker dad killed in beauty spot smash

By Stewart Ross, 15 October 2013 8.00am. Updated: 11.00am.

A tragic motorcycle smash has claimed the life of a well-known Tayside man.

Bob Morrison, 48, a civil engineer with Perth and Kinross District Council, was on a run to the west coast with friends when the accident happened.

The death of the Auchterhouse man has left the tight-knit community in shock and his family devastated.

In perfect conditions, the group was following the A82 towards Glencoe at 11am on Saturday when Bob’s midnight-blue Suzuki Bandit collided with a car travelling in the opposite direction.

The impact left Bob, a father of two young children, critically injured and, despite the best efforts of those at the scene and emergency services, he could not be saved. The two people in the car escaped with minor injuries.

Bob’s wife, Diane, was informed by police a short time later. “All he ever wanted to do was wrap his arms around his family,” she said.

“A big, gentle giant, he was so thoughtful all the time, which makes this so devastating.

“One of the last things he did was take our son on a lads’ day out, with karting and curry, and he couldn’t wait to go to see Black Sabbath in Glasgow in December, his favourite band.”

The devoted couple have been together for 30 years and had made a loving family with children Robert, 15, who goes to Monifieth High, and Beth, 10, a pupil at Auchterhouse Primary.

Diane added: “I’ve spoken to the police and they told me Bob had overtaken a bus, but just didn’t pull back in. Perhaps I’ll never know the fine details of the last second.

“Bob loved that run into Glencoe and he’ll be buried at Auchterhouse. He’ll be close.”

Diane said she had been strengthened by the composure of her children, saying: “Beth’s been propping me up and making tea for all those who’ve been visiting. Robert has been telling me that we’ll cope, we’ll get through this.”

Brought up in Dryburgh, in Dundee, Bob had been involved in motorcycles since he was a teenager. He was well-known for his own individual style — a tangerine and black bike jacket, which reflected his Dundee United passion. He had a brief pony-tailed period, but had developed long grey hair.

“He was always comfortable in his own skin and had mentioned that he wasn’t getting his hair cut until he’d seen Sabbath,” recalled Diane with a smile.

Bob’s parents, Bob, 80, and Ivy, 79, still stay in Dryburgh and were being comforted by Bob’s two sisters and a younger brother.

“It’s just horrible when parents outlive one of their children,” said Diane.

The loss has struck the city’s motorcycling community hard with many tributes on the Dundee Bikers’ Forum running to several pages.

Northern Constabulary said they were still looking for more witnesses to the accident.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Feel so sorry for Bob and his relations condolences from our family go out to them. Hopefully they will find some sort of comfort in he passed away doing something he loved. Forever Young Rest In Peace
GIXERTAM More than 1 year ago
Very sad to here of this news, Bob was a true gent. RIP