Ipswich/Colchester: Tributes paid to ‘talented’ footballer Dean Sadler

TRIBUTES have been paid to Ipswich motorcyclist Dean Sadler who died after a collision in Colchester.

The 33-year-old, a former youth footballer at Colchester United, was involved in an incident with a grey Peugeot 207 near the Ardleigh roundabout at 5.30pm on Sunday.

His family described him as a talented footballer who went onto play for Woodbridge, Needham Market, Debenham, and Ipswich Athletic.

His fianc�e, Tammy, said: “He was truly awesome and wonderful. I will miss him so much. He was a great step-dad.”

In a statement his family said: “He was a tremendous son, father, and brother. No one had a bad word for him, everybody liked him.”

Mr Sadler, of Waltham Chase, Ipswich, was a former pupil at Halifax Primary School and Stoke High School. He left school at 16 and joined Colchester United on a youth training scheme. The club released him at 18 and he trained as a heating engineer.

He did his apprenticeship with a local Ipswich company and qualified. He has worked for various Ipswich firms, most recently Inviron.

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His family said he was very health conscious, maintaining his fitness levels as a regular user of the David Lloyd Gym in Ipswich.