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Family pay tribute to talented chef who used to work at Knowl Hill gastropub

David Perron
David Frederic Perron

TRIBUTES have been paid to a talented chef who used to work at a Knowl Hill gastropub. 

On Sunday, September 15, David Frederic Perron, sadly died in a road traffic collision in Bix, near Henley-on-Thames.

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses to the incident which took place around 1pm. 

A blue Kawasaki ZX600 motorcycle and a silver Ford Transit van were involved, with 49-year-old David dying at the scene.

In a tribute released by Thames Valley Police, his family said: “On Sunday 15 September 2019, David Frederic Perron, loving son and dear friend passed away at the age of 49 in a tragic motorbike accident.

“David was born in France on the 5 December 1969 and lived in Clermont Ferrand. He was educated at the catering school of Chamalieres and Yzeure.

“In 1990, he moved to the UK and worked in many establishments, including Ye Olde Bell Hurley, The Copper Inn Pangbourne, The Bird in Hand, Knowl Hill, and the Royal Standard of England, Beaconsfield as head chef.

“As a talented head chef, David enjoyed good food, fine wine and sharing his knowledge of this with his friends.

“David loved life, his family and his friends. His sense of humour was second to none and he loved to make people laugh.

“He was a kind and generous person who loved rugby, supporting his home town team ASM Clermont Auvergne.

“David is survived by his mother, extended family, Godchildren and close friends, both here and in France.

“His funeral will be held in his home town Chamalieres.”

The investigation into the incident is ongoing. 

PC Jim Lovell, of the Serious Collisions Investigation Unit based at Three Mile Cross, said: “Tragically, a man has died as a result of this collision and his family have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.

“I am appealing to anybody that witnessed this collision to make contact with police.

“I am particularly keen to hear from anybody who was in the area and may have dash-cam footage of the collision to get in touch.

“You can contact us by calling the 24-hour non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 43190285329, or alternatively make a report online.”

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