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Wyenot News - The Weekly News Magazine for Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire
Issue No. 172 - Wednesday, 7th November 2007
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IN THIS ISSUE
Page 1 [Don't Cry. You've got to celebrate! - Theresa sends her heartfelt thanks]
Page 2 [This week's news - WNTV: Ross Lions Bonfire and Fireworks Spectacular]
Page 3 [WNTV: The Dark Side of the Moon - Great News about Jamstand 2008]

Page 4

[Surely nobody in theeir right mind would do such a thing! - What's Happening - Phil Rickman to open Library]
Page 5 [Letters - It's All Done With Dynamos at Ross Cider - Local Crime Report]
Page 6 [Flood Scheme - Children in Need Quiz - Happy Birthday Amy!]
Page 7 [Christmas Menus - Jumpin' Jive - Looking for members - Cubs get stuffing - Public Notices - Rugby - Weather]
Page 8 [News from around Herefordshire]
Don't Cry. You've got to celebrate!

Friday was a day for celebration, not sadness! A celebration of the life of Mike Davies.

Mike Davies was a loving husband to Theresa, a father to Kay, Darren, Jenny, Tricia, 'Pud' Ashley, and Mexi, a seven times grandfather and a friend to many. He was a keen triker, to the point that trikes were his life, and were the only means of transport he and his family had available.

Mike had also been a rogue in his time, but over all he was a big man with a big heart who would help anybody, not expecting anything in return.

 

Mike, who died of cancer just a month after the illness was first diagnosed had planned his own funeral down to the last detail in the short space of time he had to do so. He planned the route, the message on the back of his coffin, 'Does it look like I give a . . .?', which he asked one of his best friends, Paul Beard to make for him. He also planned the music.

WNTV Film: Farewell to a Big Man with a Big Heart
Farewell to a Big Man with a Big Heart.
Click the above picture to watch, or right click here and 'save target' to save to your computer.

Covering the funeral of a friend so graphically on Wyenot News is not a thing I would normally do, but having been specially asked to do so by Mike's wife, Theresa, the task has been an honour and a privilege to perform. Friday, 2nd November 2007 was a day which held both happy and sad memories. They will remain with me for the rest of my life.

I'm sorry Mike, I let you down and cried while I was making this film and I defy anybody else who knew you to watch it and not do the same.

Farewell. We had only been friends for just over three years but during those years, the kind man who thought of others, behind that 'big man on the trike' image more than shone through.

The huge gathering of friends during your 'day of celebration' just about summed up how much you will be missed.


Theresa and the South West Trikers and Bikers pick up Mike from Abbottsfield. Ref: DSC_2255

Mike's penultimate ride on his trike, to Bridstow, where he lived. Ref: DSC_2259

Being teetotal, Mike requested a cup of tea (his favourite drink) be placed on his coffin. Ref: DSC_2275

Mikes wife, Theresa. A hug from Paul Beard, who made Mike's coffin. Ref: DSC_2281

Mike arrives at his final destination, the Forest of Dean Crematorium. Ref: DSC_2291

Ref: DSC_2308

Mike, his family and friends arrive to the sound of bagpipes. Ref: DSC_3913

Farewell Mike. Ref: DSC_2341

Theresa Sends Her Heartfelt Thanks

Mike Davies did not want his funeral to be a sad affair. As his wife, Theresa put it, 'He had a hell of a life, we must celebrate it.' Theresa has been overwhelmed by the help and support she has received during this difficult time and would like to thank her immediate family and friends, the South West Trikers and Bikers, Cocky and Enza, Tanith for her extra special work, Kay and Darren for making sure she stayed fed and watered, the pall bearers for making her proud, the out riders who ensured that Mike's cortege made its way smoothly and uninterrupted all the way and all those who attended Mike's funeral. Theresa would also like to thank those who sent cards and messages of sympathy and support.

It was Mike's wish that instead of bringing flowers, people made donations to his appeal for Jordan, a very special boy who suffers with Proteus Syndrome and of whom Mike was extremely fond. I am sure that Mike would be really proud to know that a staggering £817 was raised.

I also know that Mike would be very proud of Theresa, who with the help of her family and friends carried out her beloved's final wishes and said 'Goodbye' to him both proudly and with dignity.



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