THE family of a Chippenham father-of-two have paid tribute to his “friendly, open and fun personality” and a man who lived life to the full.

Engineering project manager Adrian Bourne, 35, died when he was involved in a collision with an ambulance on the A34 near Oxford on Friday, November 29.

The tragic accident happened in the early hours of the morning while he was walking along a section of the A34 northbound carriageway near the Pear Tree interchange.

Paramedics in the ambulance immediately tried to save his life but he died at the scene.

The senior coroner for Oxfordshire, Darren Salter, opened the inquest into his death in Oxford today and adjourned it to April 29, 2020.

His family have paid the following tribute: “Ade was tirelessly positive and full of life. A family man with his partner and two young boys aged three and five, Ade worked hard during the week and then loved to spend his weekends with his family.”

Adrian’s partner said: “Ade loved life and adored his family, especially our two boys, more than anything in the world. He took his job very seriously and genuinely loved what he did.

“Outside of work he was a kind, generous and loving man; he never had a bad word to say about anyone, always looked for the positive in things and had the ability to make everyone around him smile.

“At weekends he would often be seen down the park teaching our sons to play football or throwing himself down slides at soft play. He was a huge part of our lives and we will miss him more than words can say.

“Family, friends, neighbours and colleagues have been incredibly supportive, offering kind words and help.

“He was a keen sportsman who was always up for a challenge; he especially loved cycling, football and running and was entered to run the Bath half again in March next year.

“Adrian had many groups of friends, originating from school, football, work and family. Whatever he did, he made new friends and his ability to maintain so many close friendships really was testament to his friendly, open and fun personality that continually warmed him to others; he will be sorely missed.

“The family would like to thank the charities ‘Winston’s Wish’ and ‘Brake’ for their invaluable support and guidance, especially for their two young boys, during this very difficult time.”

Thames Valley Police have appealed for witnesses to the accident and for anyone with dash cam footage who may have seen Mr Bourne walking along the A34 to come forward.