A cyclist who was killed in a horrific crash on Aberdeen’s North Anderson Drive had only just become a father to twins.
Dad-of-three Nail Jaffrey was remembered last night as a talented all-round sportsman and “a true gentleman”.
His wife Dawn led tributes on behalf of two-year-old daughter Jessica, seven-week-old twins Faye and Isla, and the rest of the family, describing him as “a much loved husband, dad, son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend to many”.
Mr Jaffrey, who was also known as Eddie, died following a collision with a silver BMW 330 on Sunday.
The accident happened around 3.45pm on the main dual carriageway through Aberdeen.
The 32-year-old Dons fan, who was originally from the Insch area but had been living in the city, worked for Baker Oil Tools and was a keen cyclist and runner.
His family released a photograph of him winning the Fraserburgh half-marathon in November, 2008.
Mrs Jaffrey said: “Neil was from a very close family. He was a much loved husband, dad, son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend to many.
“He was a popular person and had a sociable nature. Jessica absolutely loved spending time with him, whether it was going to the park together or washing the cars.
“Neil worked for Baker Oil Tools since he left school and had recently completed a degree in mechanical engineering with the Open University.
“He was originally from the Insch area and attended Insch Primary School and the Gordon Schools in Huntly.”
Mr Jaffrey is also survived by his parents Bill and Edna, from Insch, his brother Ian and his family.
Aside from his relatives, sport was the great love of his life.
His wife said: “He was always a very healthy person and loved sport.
“He had been in the boxing club in Insch and got more into running when he moved into Aberdeen.
“He was always very supportive and encouraging of others – particularly when it came to sport.
“He was also an avid supporter of Aberdeen Football Club.
“He was much loved by us all and will be greatly missed.”
Mr Jaffrey was a member of Metro Aberdeen running club.
Last night, its chairman Peter Jennings described him as a “true gentleman”.
“He was definitely an inspiration, especially for the younger guys who joined the club,” said Mr Jennings.
“He was so enthusiastic and always enjoyed himself. He was injured quite a lot recently but if it wasn’t for that he was destined to be one of the best runners in Aberdeen.
“He was just a true gentleman, not a person could say a bad word about him. It’s absolutely tragic.”
A Pittodrie spokesman said: “The thoughts of everyone at Aberdeen Football Club are with Neil’s family at this difficult time.”
Investigations into Sunday’s collision are continuing.
Police have appealed for anyone with information to call 101.