Tributes to bike crash victim Andrew Dunleavey

Andrew Dunleavey was involved in a crash near Craigielaw Golf Club. Picture: Google

Andrew Dunleavey was involved in a crash near Craigielaw Golf Club. Picture: Google

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Tributes have been paid to a “popular” off-duty fireman who was killed in a horror smash.

Motorcyclist Andrew Dunleavey, from Haddington, was involved in a collision with a Lotus car just outside Aberlady.

The 32-year-old died at the scene of the accident, which happened close to Craigielaw Golf Club at 4.20pm on Tuesday.

Kenny Rogers, local senior officer for Edinburgh, said: “We are deeply saddened by the tragic death of our colleague Andrew Dunleavey. Andrew served at Newcraighall community fire station and was a popular and much-respected firefighter who was dedicated to serving his community.

“He was a dear member of the fire and rescue service family and will be very much missed. Our thoughts are with all of Andrew’s family and friends.”

A number of floral tributes appeared at the side of the road close to the site of the collision.

One message read: “I’ll miss and love you always brother. Sleep tight and rest in peace.”

The driver of the car was seen walking on the roadside following the incident and is understood to have received minor injuries in the collision.

Full-time firefighter Mr Dunleavey was an accomplished greenkeeper in his spare time, working at golf and bowling clubs across East Lothian.

He tended the course at Kilspindie Golf Club and joined Haddington Bowling Club three years ago as greenkeeper.

Raymond Brock, president of Haddington Bowling Club, said he would be “sadly missed”, adding: “He was happy go lucky. He had a lot of friends in the club. He was a nice guy and one of the best greenkeepers we have ever had.

“I would say this is the best green in East Lothian after Andrew got to work on it.”

Police Scotland Sergeant Neil Inglis said: “Tragically this collision has resulted in the rider of the motorcycle sustaining injuries to which he succumbed.

“We are keen to hear from any motorists or members of the public who witnessed the incident or who have information relevant to this inquiry.”

“Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101.”

john.connell@edinburghnews.com