TRIBUTES have been paid to man whose partner and two young children were the “love of his life”.

Ryan Allen, who lived in Malton, died on September 29, aged 27, following a car accident.

His partner Laura said Ryan had been a wonderful father to their daughters, Phoebe, aged two-and-a-half, and one-year-old Isabelle.

She said: “Ryan was reliable and funny, he had a wicked sense of humour. There was never a dull moment when he was around. He was caring and I could always talk to him.

“Ryan would do anything for anyone and he was so protective of me and the girls, in a nice way. He absolutely adored his children. They were his life.

“Ryan would play with the girls and take them on days out with me as a family.

“He was silly and childish with them, just a fun dad.”

“Ryan loved cars and he was always encouraging our eldest daughter to get cars instead of dolls.”

Laura added: “We had a common love of Ed Sheeran songs and action films, with a psychological twist, so we would watch films and often listen to music late into the night when the kids were in bed.

“We spent time talking and before the kids we spent many a night at the beach and I remember once we stood in the rain outside my car kissing at the beach, because we didn’t want to move from that moment, but we were drenched before we thought about getting in the car. It was like a scene from a movie.”

Laura added: “The truth is that our relationship was as perfect as anyone would ever find, so this is a huge tragedy to me and the kids, because we couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful man to be who he was to us.

“I think for me, remembering him will be in the things me and the girls do on a daily basis and in how they grow up and the things he would do with them. And what I remember of our time before the girls.

“I will always laugh about the things we did and said. There wasn’t much time that we weren’t laughing about something.”

Ryan died after he was involved in a two-vehicle crash on the unclassified road between Back Lane and Scarlet Balk Lane, near Settrington, on Tuesday, September 29.

Originally from Norton, Ryan was the youngest of four brothers, Michael, Shaun and Dean. After leaving Norton College, Ryan worked on classic cars.

His mum Julie, said: “Our house was chaos when he was growing up with four boys.

“You cannot imagine the things they got up to, but what amazing, happy times.

“Ryan was the baby or crash dummy of the family and always eager to please his brothers.

“They all shared a love of cars, especially American cars, and saved all their money for Americana, a huge car show, which we went to every year.

“Cars were very much part of Ryan’s life and he loved working with Martin and Sue on all the old cars.

“But the real love of his life was Laura and their two amazing girls. Ryan was the most amazing dad and he and Laura were meant to be.

“Ryan was trouble and fun rolled into one. There was never a dull moment with him.

“We will love him always and never forget his cheeky smile.”

A funeral service for Ryan will be held at St Peter’s Church, Norton, today (Wednesday) at 10.30am, followed by an interment in the cemetery.