Happy to help anyone who needed it, a joker, a loving father, and a man who showed others the value in life – this is the man the family of 36-year-old Damian Buckle say they have lost after he died in a fatal collision.
The father of two from Lincoln, lost his life in a collision on the A46 near Dunholme on 13th August this year. His family has today issued a tribute to him, saying the loss of their happy-go-lucky “gentle giant” will always be felt.
Long-term partner Kim Knott, who he shared one-year-old Theo-James with, says she is still expecting Damian – known as Damo and Da-Man to those close to him – to walk through the door.
“I feel like I’m in a dream at the moment, and none of this is real. My family – Theo’s family – has been taken from us. I think I’ll feel like this until I get more answers, and understand what happened.
“He was the happiest, most laid-back guy you could ever wish to meet, and would do anything for anyone who needed it. He helped a man he’d never met push his bike all the way a garage once when he saw him with a puncture. When we met, he made me realise that there was more to me and my life than I was living, and changed me into the person I am today. He gave advice, talked to you. That was just the kind of person he was.”
Damian died riding a motorbike, something Kim says was one of his biggest passions. He was a regular at bike meets in the county, and spent time working on motorcycles with friends. He also loved fitness and was a regular at Pacific Gym in Lincoln when he wasn’t caring for his mum.
He saw Kim and his son Theo just hours before he died. Theo had turned one just a week and a half earlier. “He popped round and said he was going to help a friend fix his bike, and that he’d see me later for a cup of tea,” said Kim. “I’m still waiting for and expecting that message to come through. The hardest thing is hearing Theo calling for Da-da and knowing he can’t come.”
Kim’s brother and Damian’s best friend of seven years, Kian, added that for them, life was about making memories. “If we didn’t see each other that day, then it was because there wasn’t a new memory to be made; that’s what he was like, living life for the memories. He was like a brother to me, showed me the right path to be on.”
Damian also leaves a ten-year-old son. His mother, step dad and three sisters, who paid their own tribute separately, added that they will all miss him terribly.
03 Sep 21 3:30 PM