A family is still searching for answers following the death of a Crookwell man in a motorcycle crash last week.
Ricky McIntosh, 56, died after his motorbike crashed and rolled on the Crookwell Road, near Pejar Dam at about 5.15pm Friday, January 10. Police arrived and found him deceased at the scene.
His son, Marty McIntosh, from Hervey Bay, said his father was travelling from Crookwell to Goulburn on his Kawasaki Ninja bike at the time. He was going to a friend's place to give him a ride on the bike he'd only just got back after loaning it out.
"It's such a puzzle to us why he crashed because he could always handle himself on a bike - even with one hand," he said.
He'd been advised his father had not long overtaken a driver but was not speeding when the crash occurred on a blind corner. He was found on an embankment.
"It's such a tragic loss. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time," Marty said.
He remembered a father who loved motorbikes and anything auto from a young age.
Ricky and his brother, Ashley, were raised on the family sheep and cattle grazing property, Kara at Laggan, and shared a common interest.
"He'd take Ashley's bike and try to jump the dam. When the bike broke he'd try to fix it before Ashley got home," Marty said.
He aspired to be a professional rider.
Mr McIntosh was educated at Crookwell High School and later joined the Army for a short time.
But he was a painter for most of his life and, according to his son, always obsessed about work and never stopped.
Even when struck with a brain tumour in more recent years, followed by melanoma, he continued working as much as possible in between treatment.
"He always told me that if painting wan't his job, he'd do it as a sport," Marty said.
He had "battled on" with cancer and was happy and in good health before his passing. Marty said he had spoken about stopping work and saving up to retire in Queensland, close to his children.
His son described him as a caring person who moved in to his mother's Crookwell home to look after her after his father had died. He was living there at the time of his death.
"His personality was just lovely. If ever he was in a bad mood, a ride on the bike would fix it... He had the ability to lift people with his smile," Marty said.
"We all thought this (his loss) was just a bad dream."
Mr McIntosh is also survived by his daughter, Trudy, of Brisbane, brother, Ashley and mother, Anne.
Funeral details are yet to be finalised.
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