Bikers form a guard of honour for funeral of tragic Denholme dad (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Bikers form a guard of honour for funeral of tragic Denholme dad
6:30am Saturday 28th September 2013 in News
Mark Bennett died tragically earlier this month, two months after a fall off his Triumph Thunderbird. He was just yards from his home and riding at slow speeds, when the bike fell on his leg, breaking it in three places.
His leg had been treated and placed in an external fixation, and the 43-year-old had been released from hospital for several weeks when he was found dead in his armchair by his wife Wai-Ling on September 1. He is thought to have died from a pulmonary embolism, although the final cause of death will be decided by an inquest – the date of which has yet to be set.
Mr Bennett was an electrician and joiner who taught at Leeds City College’s Keighley Campus, and was a member of Hebden Bridge-based Bridge Rat Bikers.
After his death his club vowed to give him a funeral befitting of such a respected member of the biker community. Andy Nicholson, club chairman, said: “He loved the club and the family element of the club. It is a very close knit community. We hope to give him the best send off we can give him. I think he’ll carry on riding, he’ll be riding forever.”
Yesterday’s funeral saw Mr Bennett’s hearse flanked by six bikers, with scores of others riding behind in a procession from Denholme to Nab Wood.
He leaves behind his wife of 15 years Wai-Ling, 42, 12-year-old son Alex, daughter Hannah, eight, and son Ethan, four.