I would just like to say a massive thanks to everyone that turned up to pay their respects to our good friend Gaz. There was over 200 bikes and we have had praise from the head of the fire service for giving him such an excellent, well organised send off with so many bikes to co ordinate as well.
Please pass on our thanks to all your members that attended, we really appreciated it. I am sure Gaz would be proud.
Secretary Centre 6
Photos and videos of Gaz's funeral
It is with great sadness that I have to tell you Peter Fountain of C10 passed away on Christmas Eve, Peter had been ill for a while suffering from a brain tumour. He leaves behind his
Linda, two children and 3 grandsons.
is with deep regret that I have to inform you of the sudden death of our dear friend / long term Yorkie member and our treasurer.
After a short stay in hospital Don Gay passed away early on Saturday 4th June
Terry Lewis (C5 rep)
A big thanks to all that paid respect to Don at his funeral you all are a credit to bikers with over 40 bikes.
Big respect. £1000 was collected for air ambulance
It is with deep regret that C5 The Yorkies have to announce the tragic loss of our dear friend Bev Smith aka "Ninja Bev".
Whilst on the Yorkies holiday in
France, on Thursday May 6th, Bev suffered a massive heart attack at the start of a bus day trip to Paris, he was with a group of his friends , and we know that if the worst happened this is the way Bev would have wanted it to be.
A big thank you to the members on this holiday that bonded together to make the arrangements that had to be made - you acted with true dignity
Bev has been a member of C5 firstly as an
associate, and then due to his commitment to the centre and the club was made an honoury
and at this years Dinner Dance was awarded Yorkie Member of the year for his dedication to the centre.
He had recently, using his master joiner skills constructed the Yorkies memorial bench at Squires Cafe and it will be a sad honour to place his plaque on the bench that he made so beautifully.
Many rally / party attendees will know Bev for his photography skills and his work is regularly on the cover of our magazine.
He managed to capture a lot of you in some very amusing states
Our thoughts go to his sister, brother and their families and especially to his neighbour and close friend Tom Hepplestone - a long standing
RIP our dear friend "Ninja Bev"
Many thanks Terry Lewis (C5 rep)
John 'Diesel' Burrows
It is with great sorrow and a heavy heart that I pass on the news that fellow Vulture John 'Diesel' Burrows has died of injuries sustained in a car crash in South Africa. Our thoughts and deep sympathy go out to Jean and their family.
Having spent the best part of a month in John’s company travelling across America on Route 66, Jen and I found him to be the best of men. He was a gentleman and a solid rock with a lifetime's experience to input into any situation. He was easily capable of getting himself into mischief and certainly was a good laugh, but above all, he was ‘one of us’ and we will miss him. R66 reunions can never be the same again. R.I.P. mate, you didn’t deserve to go – love – Jen and Terry.
Anyone wishing to send an individual card of condolence, the address is: -
Fontein, PO Box 944, Vaalwater 0530, South Africa
Saturday, March 20,
Leicestershire policeman dies riding motorcycle he loved
A dedicated police officer "who always had a smile on his face" has been killed while riding his beloved motorcycle in the countryside.
Pc Phil Tomaszewski died in Clawson Lane, north of Ab
Kettleby, near Melton, on Thursday.
The married father-of-two, who had been a police officer for 25 years, was riding his black Yamaha Road Star Warrior motorcycle. He was not on duty at the time.
Police said no other vehicle was involved in the accident.
Friends and colleagues paid tribute to the 48-year-old, who was known as
"Tommo" and who worked as a general duties officer at Loughborough police station.
Members of the Blue Knights England VIII Law Enforcement Motorcycle club, a team of police motorcyclists which raises money for charity, led the tributes last night.
Doug Marshall, of Leicestershire police, who is president of the Blue Knights, said:
"Tommo was one of our founding members and was a friend, colleague and riding partner.
"He was involved in a lot of the charity work that we did and regularly attended other Blue Knights events throughout the UK and Europe, where he became friends with many fellow 'Knights'.
"I rode with him to Scotland, Ireland and Croatia and will remember him as the extrovert that he was. He would regularly lead rides to the Derbyshire Peak District and the Lake District with many of us in tow.
"His wife, Janet, also accompanied him on some of the ride-outs that he did and she also became a friend of our chapter and our thoughts and prayers are with her at this time.
"Tommo will be greatly missed and mourned by us all not only at England VIII but throughout Europe, as is borne out by the number of e-mails I have had from Blue Knights throughout the world.
"The world is a much sadder place now."
Chief Superintendent Daimon Tilley, the commander of police's north area, which includes
Loughborough, said: "Phil has been a personal friend and colleague for more than 10 years.
"Phil was a lovely man, he always had a smile on his face and had a good sense of
humour, which kept friends entertained.
"He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
"I have spoken to a number of his friends and we have all been deeply touched by his sad loss."
Leicestershire's temporary chief constable Chris Eyre said: "His death has come as a terrible shock to us all and my thoughts are with his wife and two daughters at this time."
The funeral service for Graeme "Gum" Hobbs
Thursday 21st January at
Oakly Wood near Warwick (J13 M40) at 12:45pm
with a heavy heart that I must inform all our friends in the VSOC that Grum (Graeme Hobbs formally
Centre 8 now Centre 4 rep) has died. He died peacefully on New Years morning in his sleep.
Grum , as you all know him had been Ill for some time but wanted to continue with his biking pursuits for as long as possible and with as little fuss as possible. For this reason only those closest were informed of his illness initially.
Grum was the bravest person I have ever met, we laughed about everything, even in our darkest moments we shared laughter. No one who met Grum could fail to forget him, he was a character as they say. He was a complex, warm loving man who despite anything I told him to the contrary, firmly believed he had rhythm on the dance floor, he lived life as he danced...
to his own tune.
His wish was to have a Humanist funeral in the Midlands and this is what we will strive to achieve.
Grum was capable of great love and those who knew him well loved him unconditionally. I have lost my better half, I loved Graeme with all my heart and was privileged to care for him in his final months.
Biking was his life and the VSOC his joy.
Thank you to all the visitors we had over Christmas, you made his last Christmas perfect. I will make sure that everyone is informed about his funeral arrangements and hope we make him proud with his send off. I know I speak for Grum and myself when I say thanks to all of you who make life fun and
let's continue to keep life crazy.
Tribute from Jem Griffiths
It is with sadness that I have to inform the VSOC membership that my friend Graeme
"Grum" Hobbs passed away on Friday 1st January 2010 after a battle against illness. He will be sadly missed by his many
Grum joined the VSOC in 1999 and became an active member in Centre 8 although living in Bath at the time. When he moved back to Coventry, he took up the gauntlet and joined the Centre 8 committee as our original Merchandiser coming up with many funny Rally T Shirts and along with Roger devising the C8 Celtic Motif that is now proudly on their jackets. He moved up to the north east which saw him join Centre 4 and become their Rep; attending as many events over the last 12 months when his health allowed.
Grum has always been a regular face at the VSOC rallies and parties and will be sadly missed by all his friends. I have many happy memories of the years we spent together at rallies. He has always been my close friend and I will miss the hugs!
the Trike" Stubley
It is with regret that I have to inform all members of the tragic accident that happened on Thursday afternoon, Paul Stubley - better known as "Paul The Trike" sadly lost his life in a motorcycle accident near to his home in
Barnsley, He was traveling alone and no other vehicle was involved.
I have been in touch with his wife, Janet and other members of his family and passed on our sincere condolences over this tragic loss of a good friend.
Having spoken with Janet's family, bikes and all members will be welcome to attend Paul's funeral which will be on Thursday 5th November 2pm at Ardsley Crematorium Barnsley S71 5EH on the A635 Barnsley Rd
For those wishing to attend on their bike please meet at The Old Post Office Public House - Huddersfield Rd (A637) between 12 - 1230 on Thursday 5th Nov (This is 1 minute off junct 38 M1) post code S75 4DE
The Yorkies hope that you will be able to attend and be of comfort to Janet and her family.
If you need any more information or wish to send a card, please phone me on 07974952237.
Thank you - Terry
Farewell Bob !
You were one of the strongest and friendliest human beings that I have ever met. You were an example to us all and you will be sorely missed.
Those of you that knew Bob, please tell of him to those that didn't. Tell them of Courage, Commitment, Humour and above all the one thing that we all seek within the
Hi to you all. By way of the website my I bring to your attention that on Friday the 11th of May, we in Scrumpie land had to say farewell to Michael, husband of Marilyn.
Marilyn is one of our ten-year members from Gloucester. Michael had been a good member of the Scrumpies and to the end had not let his illness get him down.
Over the last two years Michael had not been able to take part in some of the many activity we have been doing. This was down to cancer, which had been his burden, which as the Scrumpies, who attended on Friday found out. He was a fighter till the end in this life, but has now gone ahead to check out the bike/trail ride, which we all will have to make at some time in the future.
Michael had taken time to plan his last day, may I say in great detail but with great gusto. Well done Michael, if you have to go, what a way to do it. He did have his day and all supported his wishes. Marilyn was a rock for Michael in the last few years and on the day did not waver. What a credit you are and our thoughts are with you at this time and also to your family and friends. What more can one say except farewell but not forgotten Michael.
Blacky and members.
VSOC C10: Buffalo Bill
To those who knew him, It's with sad news that "Buffalo" Bill is no longer with us, having passed on to another dimension where maybe another Virago 750 can take him on some heavenly rides.
VSOC C10 Dep Rep
The late Sue
Sue Johnson, passed away on 19th July at 10.00am after a relatively short illness. she just could not beat the dreadful cancer, we were of course hoping that her strength would beet the illness, but it was too aggressive.
Please give your thoughts to
Bry, Sue and their family at this time. If you need any more information, please contact me by phone 01709 305404
or E-mail. [email protected]
Geoff Roger (Centre 9)
Geoff passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of Saturday morning (30th July). The funeral was on Thursday 4th August at 3pm at Quarrington Church in
Julie Haggis from Centre 6
Julie (partner of Russell Greenhalgh) passed away after a heart attack at Leicester's Royal Infirmary on June 13th. Russell was at her side as she slipped away and is currently with friends in Leicester.
Most of you who have been to rallies over the past years will have come to know and enjoy Russell and Julie's company, who became honorary members of the Outriders MCC a couple of years ago.
Julie became ill at the International Rally in Northampton on Saturday night and was rushed into hospital where, unfortunately, she never recovered.
Julie's funeral was on Friday 24th June at St James Church,
"Big Steve" Warren (Scenic)
Steve's family would like to thank everyone who came to Steve's funeral to give him a lovely send off. His mum & dad were especially touched to see everyone who turned up on their bikes and just to see how many friends he had that thought so much of him.
There were a few tears!
It was so lovely to see everyone, words can't describe how I felt, it brought a lump to my throat and I felt overwhelmed.
So a Big Thank you for all the phone calls, e-mails, cards, flowers and everyone's kind words at such an awful time in my life, it means so much to me. I know Steve would have had a tear in his eye and felt so proud to have friends like you.
See you at the Rallies. Ride Safe.
This is a message to you, "Steve my Dad",
You're the best person I could of wished for and had,
I can't believe that you had to leave,
Now I feel as though my heart has stopped and I can't breath,
Steve I love you so much,
I can't believe you're not there to reach out with your warm touch,
But Dad all I can say,
Is you will never leave and always be around in your own special way!
I love you forever and always,
Alec and Margaret have asked me to say a big thank you to everybody for their
support both before, during and since Bob's funeral. They, and the rest of their
family and friends, were touched by the number of people and bikes that turned
up on the day - over fifty from the VSOC. I know they deeply appreciated it. It
was a hard day, one of highs and lows, but one that truly brought the best out
All the best,
C14 Centre Rep
Robert Thompson died in a motorcycle accident on Wednesday evening on the way
home from a club meeting. Rob was a very tall, happy, laid back person who
always had a smile on his face - and a mischievous glint in his eye! He has been
a member of our Centre for the last five years and was on our committee as
Merchandising Officer, producing all our Centre's clothing and patches. The
attached photo captures Rob as most of us saw him (a smile and a pint), plus he
has some VSOC clothing on which he was proud to wear. He could be seen at most
of our club nights and VSOC rallies and parties. Rob was much loved and
respected by everyone and we'll all miss him immensely.
2005 "Big John" Clarke
We are sad to announce the tragic death of our friend "Big John" Clarke.
He died suddenly on Saturday afternoon 22nd Jan.
Edwin (Webmaster Centre 18)
'Goatee' Paul Scott
It's with a heavy heart and a tear in my eye that I have to let you know that Paul 'Goatee' Scott passed away on 7th Sept on his way home from one of our Centre 9 meetings in Gedling Nottingham.
Paul had been a member of the 'Lost Riders' for some years and was a very keen rider, attending almost all of the VSOC functions when he could. Even when he wasn't riding with the club, he could be found touring in Spain or in his home town of
It's a crying shame 'cos he was one of the good'uns out there. He'd seen the good and bad of times like most of us, put the rotten stuff away and would embrace life. He would always be up for a laugh. Most of the members in the club who have attended a rally in the last few years will remember him fondly - as I will.
Paul leaves two wonderful sons, Jake and Ben
Farewell to a good friend...
As many of you will know by now, Frank Green, from the Outriders, died from leukaemia on Sunday 31st August following a short period of illness. Frank was a staunch supporter of the VSOC and attended most rallies and parties with his wife Margaret.
Frank's funeral was held on Tuesday 9th September at Macclesfield in Derbyshire. On Margaret's request, friends from the VSOC attending his funeral did so on their bikes. We all met at their home early afternoon and escorted the funeral cortege to the crematorium, stopping traffic along the way. More friends and family joined us along the way and, although an official count wasn't made, we estimate that there were about 60-70 bikes and several cars by the time we got to the crematorium.
The service was very personal and moving, conducted by two of Frank's close friends. After the service, we drank a farewell toast of whisky, a favourite drink of Frank's.
Margaret has asked me to let you know that a total of £610.00 was raised from donations on the day and to express her thanks to all those who contributed. The money will be divided between Chrisite's Hospital for Leukaemia Research and The British Heart Foundation. I'm sure that everyone would like to join me in expressing our condolences and best wishes to Margaret.
We will all miss Frank but we will not forget him.