Tributes to 'a proud soldier' killed in Gorseinon bike smash
THE family of a former soldier killed as he rode his motorbike in Gorseinon have paid tribute to a “larger-than-life action man with a soft heart”.
Jonathan Smith suffered fatal injuries after his Kawasaki bike collided with a Nissan Micra car on Alexandra Road on the evening of September 24.
Police are investigating the incident, and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
The 45-year-old dad-of-two served with the Queen’s Dragoon Guards — the Welsh Cavalry — before leaving the Army and becoming an instructor at Fitness Studio and Burns Fitness.
In a tribute from his family, they said: “Johnathan was a larger-than-life action man with a soft heart who would do anything for anyone.
“His distinguished military career made him a hero to his country. But to his family and friends he was a hero for being a most wonderful dad, son brother and friend.
"His parents, Brian and Maureen, are truly devastated by the loss of such a wonderful son.
“His children, Jack and Megan, have lost a terrific Dad who loved them dearly. His sister Lucy, his brothers, Kevin and Matthew, his partner Catherine and his best friend Ali will forever miss their hero.”
They added: “The overwhelming number of tributes and support we have received brings great comfort to us all.
"The impact Johnathan made on the lives of so many is a source of strength for his entire family. Johnathan would do anything for anyone and always had a smile on his face.
“Johnathan will never be forgotten and will be truly missed by all who knew him.”
The family described Johnathan as “a proud soldier and a proud Welshman” who served with the Queen’s Dragoon Guards in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan in a 22 year career.
He left the Army four years ago, and began working as a fitness instructor.
The collision that claimed his life happened around 7.30pm on Tuesday, September 24, and police are urging anyone with information to come forward.
Officers say Mr Smith was travelling along Alexandra Road towards Loughor when his silver Kawasaki collided with a grey Micra at the junction with Park Road.
Paramedics treated both parties, but Mr Smith died at Morriston Hospital shortly afterwards.
South Wales Police are appealing for witnesses, and are keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the collision or saw the vehicles being driven prior to the collision.
Can you help? Call South Wales Police’s roads policing unit on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111