Widow pays tribute to tragic 'soulmate'
Just four months ago they celebrated the happiest day of their lives as friends and family gathered to celebrate their wedding. But the widow of an Aylsham businessman is now having to come to terms with a tragic motorcycle accident which has claimed her husband's life.
Just four months ago they celebrated the happiest day of their lives as friends and family gathered to celebrate their wedding.
But the widow of an Aylsham businessman is now having to come
to terms with a tragic motorcycle accident which has claimed her husband's life.
Robert Dylan Rowlands, 37, known to his friends as Dyl, died on Sunday evening after an accident on the
B1147 Dereham Road at Swanton Morley.
Yesterday, speaking from the family home in Aylsham, his widow Melissa described him as her "soulmate".
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The couple had been due to celebrate five years together next week and married at Wolterton Hall, near Aylsham, in April.
Mrs Rowlands said: "He was big- hearted and would do anything
for anybody. He was my soulmate
and we did everything together.
"Dyl was a man of many talents and wanted to be good at everything. He touched everybody's hearts. "
Mr Rowlands, a director of Rowlands Brothers, the family's precision machine metal working business in Aylsham, was a keen adventure sports enthusiast. He loved watersports, especially water skiing and surfing, and was a member of the Blue Bird Water Skiing club in Norwich.
He had travelled widely and loved New Zealand. It was the couple's dream to be able to divide their time between the two countries so Mr Rowlands could pursue his hobbies all year round.
Mr Rowlands attended Aylsham High School and Paston College.
His father Alan Rowlands described him as a "big-hearted family man".
He said: "He was larger than life
and lived life to the full. Dylan
was irreplaceable and all the grandchildren worshipped him.
"It is a very close family and he will be missed by his two brothers and his sister and his seven nieces and nephews."
Mr Rowlands' death has also shocked best friend Andrew Pegge, who was best man at his wedding.
The accident happened on Sunday night when Mr Rowlands' orange Triumph bike was in collision with a blue Isuzu Trooper towing a horsebox.
He was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital but died as a result of his injuries.
Mrs Rowlands said: "It was a freak accident. He would only use the bike once a week at most - and then only if the weather was fine. He was always very conscientious and was the safest of riders."