TRIBUTES have been paid to a Stratford gliding instructor killed in a road accident while on holiday in Ibiza.
Phil Pickett was four days into a week-long break with wife Liz when the pair were involved in a motorbike accident.
His wife, who is believed to have been riding pillion, was left with multiple fractures to her arm while Mr Pickett died at the scene.
For many years, the 52-year-old had been a professional instructor at Stratford Gliding Club.
Speaking about his fellow glider and friend, club secretary, John Dickinson, said: “Phil was a well-liked, respected member and instructor who ran our mid-week gliding operation during the summer months, transferring his enthusiasm for gliding to everyone he flew with.
“He was also our chief technical inspector – ensuring our gliders were always in tip-top flying condition.
“Even though he spent five days a week teaching people how to fly – both in the air and in the classroom – he would spend many weekends taking part in the sporting aspect of gliding, frequently completing 300km and 500km flights from Snitterfield Airfield and always ending up as a trophy winner at the end of our competition year.
“Phil will be sadly missed by all of our members – not only for his invaluable day to day contributions to Stratford Gliding Club, but also as a friend.
“Tragic accidents are always difficult to handle, but this is especially difficult for Liz being injured herself and the accident happening abroad.
“We are deeply shocked by the news, and our thoughts and prayers are with Phil’s family.”
His funeral is set to take place next Monday (July 14) at Oakley Woods Crematorium from 11.15am followed by a reception at Stratford Armouries from 12.30pm. Anyone who knew Phil is welcome to attend.