A joker with a heart of gold

Dev­as­tated par­ents lead fam­ily trib­utes to biker Liam killed in a horror crash

Lennox Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Carla Tal­bot

The shat­tered fam­ily of a pop­u­lar young man killed in a horror mo­tor­bike crash say he was a “happy soul” who lived in the mo­ment.

Liam Coyle, 24, died af­ter he lost con­trol of the bike he was rid­ing in Dum­bar­ton on Sun­day.

The mo­tor­bike enthusiast, who spent his free time rid­ing and fix­ing up his six bikes, was on his way to the Scot­tish Mo­tor­cy­cle Show in Ed­in­burgh when tragedy struck.

His close-knit fam­ily have been left heart­bro­ken.

Liam’s mum Michelle said that her youngest son was “lov­ing and thought­ful” but had a funny side that made him a joy to be around.

Speak­ing at the fam­ily home in Hill­foot, Ren­ton, she opened her heart to the Len­nox Her­ald: “I just want my baby back.

“Ev­ery­body is heart­bro­ken.”

Pop­u­lar Liam was at his hap­pi­est when work­ing on and rid­ing his bikes.

Michelle added: “He would come in with a huge grin on his face with all his bike gear on.

“That’s all I have now, a col­lec­tion of bike hel­mets, leathers and bikes.”

The mum of tragic Ren­ton man Liam Coyle – killed in a mo­tor­bike ac­ci­dent – keeps lis­ten­ing for him walk­ing in the door in his muddy bike boots. Michelle Coyle paid tribute to her “lov­ing and thought­ful” son Liam, who was trag­i­cally killed when he lost con­trol of the mo­tor­cy­cle he was rid­ing in Dum­bar­ton on Sun­day (March 12). The bik­ing enthusiast was on his way to the MCN Scot­tish Mo­tor­cy­cle Show in Ed­in­burgh – which he at­tended ev­ery year – when he crashed into a lamp post on the A813 near the Ag­greko fac­tory. He died at the scene.

“I am just so numb. I want my baby back,” said Michelle, who opened her heart to the Len­nox Her­ald.

“I have barely slept. I spent Sun­day night just ly­ing on his bed.

“I miss the sound of his bike boots clump­ing down the hall full of mud. I keep lis­ten­ing for him.

“Ev­ery­body is heart­bro­ken. He was baby Coyle to us all.”

Liam’s dev­as­tated par­ents Michelle and John, and older brother Shaun, 33, have been shat­tered by the un­timely death of the 24-year-old, who they say was a “happy soul” who lived for his mo­tor­bikes.

It was a passion which de­vel­oped from a young age and Liam was over the moon when his par­ents bought him his first bike at 16.

The for­mer Vale of Leven Academy pupil be­gan rid­ing when he turned 17 and spent many years work­ing as a civil en­gi­neer to save money to build his beloved col­lec­tion of six mo­tor­bikes.

It was a hobby Liam shared with his

dad and brother, and the tight-knit fam­ily en­joyed tak­ing their bikes on camp­ing trips to Loch Fyne.

Trag­i­cally, Michelle said Liam was at his hap­pi­est when he was on his bikes.

Speak­ing at the fam­ily home in Hill­foot, Ren­ton, she said: “He just loved to be out­doors. He was happy up in the hills.

“Bikes were his life. He lived for them.

“He had been rid­ing bikes his whole life. The minute he sat on a bike from when he was a wee boy that was him.

“He couldn’t leave a bike alone the way it was, he al­ways had to change it and mod­ify it.

“He was al­ways tin­ker­ing about and mak­ing it louder and faster.

“That was when he was at his hap­pi­est. He would come in with a huge grin on his face with all his bike gear on.

“That’s all I have now, a col­lec­tion of bike hel­mets, leathers and bikes.”

Liam also lived for his friends, fam­ily, and girl­friend Heather Ni­col, 22, who mum Michelle says all loved him for his joker an­tics.

Known a “class clown”, he re­mained close with friends he made dur­ing his time at Ren­ton Pri­mary, Christie Park Pri­mary and Vale of Leven Academy.

He also had a spe­cial bond with his four young neph­ews, who fondly re­ferred to him as ‘Mun­cle Liam’.

Michelle added: “His four wee neph­ews looked up to him. They loved him. They al­ways wanted to sit on his bike when­ever they came round.

“He was so good with them. When­ever they came round they were al­ways car­ry­ing on and jump­ing all over him.

“They would come round for sleep overs and they would spend

He made friends wher­ever he went - he won ev­ery­one round with his hu­mour

all their time to­gether.

“They are bike daft too be­cause of Liam and their dad.”

She con­tin­ued: “He had so many friends. He loved to party and he had a great so­cial life.

“He just got on well with ev­ery­one and you just couldn’t help but laugh with him.

“He made friends wher­ever he went and had one of those faces that made ev­ery­one want to talk to him.

“Ev­ery year his re­port card in school was the same, that he was the class clown.

“He just won ev­ery­one round with his hu­mour.

“I’ve never met any­one that didn’t like him, he was so lov­ing and caring and thought­ful.

“He did ev­ery­thing with hu­mour. “He was just a happy soul. “He lived in the mo­ment.”

Much loved Pop­u­lar Liam was known for his sense of hu­mour

Mo­tor­cy­clist Bik­ing was Liam’s life-long passion

RIP Friends left trib­utes at the scene of the tragic crash

Thrill seeker Liam had a life­time love of mo­tor­bikes

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