Tributes to a much-loved Byield farmer

Upper Boddington Rural Market.Richard Watts from Byfield ploughing with a Nuffield Universal in the Boddington Vintage Association ploughing match.'080824M-A377
Upper Boddington Rural Market.Richard Watts from Byfield ploughing with a Nuffield Universal in the Boddington Vintage Association ploughing match.'080824M-A377

Family members and friends have paid tribute to a much- loved 68-year-old farmer who died in an accident on Saturday.

Richard Watts from Byfield, was riding his motocross bike while supervising ploughing in the fields at Charwelton Lane, Hellidon when he was thrown from the bike at around noon.

He was taken to the University Hospital in Coventry by air ambulance but died later that day due to his injuries.

Mr Watts was a well-loved member of the community and had been part of life in 
Byfield since he moved to the village more than 35 years 
ago.

He leaves behind his wife Veronica, who he has known since his schooldays, his sons Mark, 44, and Ian, 46, and four grandchildren aged between six and 10, who all still live in the village.

A statement from close family friend, Chris Cross, on behalf of the family, said: “All who knew Richard were shocked and saddened to learn of his premature death as the result of a tragic accident.

“It was ironic that one of Richard’s greatest pleasures should be the cause of his death, especially since he has been in many more dangerous situations while taking part in actual Motocross events, and indeed was still competing in them.”

He liked to keep active with skiing, dancing, surfing and spending time with friends.

A close friend of Mr Watts, Mike Thompson, from Byfield, added: “He was very well admired in the areas of farming and motorcross. Those who knew him regarded him with affection and he was always ready to leap into action, ask for help and he would give it.

“The world will be a poorer place without him.”

For further tributes to Mr Watts, see this week’s Daventry Express.