TRIBUTES have been paid to a former pupil of The Chalfonts Community College who died in a road accident last month.

Steven Salisbury, who was 34, died in a collision on the M40 on May 29 following a collision between his Yamaha RIY1 motorcycle and a lorry.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, and his family, including parents, Pauline and Roger, of Chalfont St Peter have paid a tribute to their son.

Mr Salisbury, who was born at Amersham Hospital, was the eldest of three children and went to the Chalfont St Giles first and middle schools, before joining the Chalfonts Community College.

In the statement, his parents as well as sisters Karen and Laura said: “At an early age Steven took up horse riding and was a certain hit when he joined The Pony Club being one boy amongst so many girls. Steven had a natural gift for riding and throughout his early years always strove to improve his riding ability.”

He went on to work for Iverson Tyres, and was eventually appointed as branch manager at one of their outlets.

Mr Salisbury also had a passion for motorbikes, having bought his first one as a younger man, and maintained his enthusiasm with them for the rest of his life.

The statement added: “His life became more settled and with this came probably the most important influence in his latter years, his partner Gemma.

“With Gemma to guide Steven he found the stability he so needed. With the secure home life they shared Steve gained that extra push to excel in all he did. Gemma and Steve’s relationship was a very special one and made Steve the loving life partner to Gemma, son, brother and friend that we all knew and loved so much.

“Steven touched the lives of so many people throughout his time with us that his tragic loss of life will be deeply felt by all those who have had the privilege to have known him."