Tributes to dad killed in TT crash

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

THE dev­as­tated part­ner of a top mo­tor­cy­clist killed dur­ing a TT Race prac­tice ses­sion has paid trib­ute to her ‘best friend and soul­mate.’

Paul Shoe­smith, 50, from Poyn­ton , died on the Sulby Straight of the Isle of Man world fa­mous course on Satur­day night.

Paul’s part­ner, Janet Cow­den, took to Face­book to share a heart­break­ing trib­ute to the fa­ther of her chil­dren.

Janet said: “Yes­ter­day was the worst day of my life. I lost my part­ner, my ba­bies’ daddy, my best friend my soul mate.

“Life with Paul wasn’t al­ways easy living it in the fast lane and deal­ing with his count­less projects and gad­gets he drove me in­sane at times and we fought like cat and dog but in the end we al­ways had each other’s backs and I loved him more than words.”

Janet de­scribed Paul as the ‘proud­est man in the world’ of his four chil­dren.

“It’s so un­fair that he’s go­ing to miss them grow­ing up and never go­ing to take his sons for their first pint etc th­ese thoughts are hit­ting me the hard­est and I feel so bad for all his chil­dren,” she added.

Paul was well known in the sport and had fin­ished 15th on the TT Moun­tain Course in both the Su­per­bike and Se­nior Races in 2011.

He also fin­ished 8th and 11th in the 2008 and 2009 Light­weight TT Races at the Bil­lown cir­cuit. He achieved his fastest ever lap around the TT Moun­tain Course in Satur­day’s Su­per­bike Race, lap­ping at over 125mph and fin­ish­ing 29th.

Heart­bro­ken friends de­scribed Paul, known as ‘Shoey’ to many, as a ‘true gent’ and an ‘in­spi­ra­tion’.

Andy Tilling, writ­ing on Face­book, said: “Words can­not ex­press how dev­as­tated I am at the loss of one of my best friends to­day.

“My thoughts are with all his fam­ily. A light has gone out and life will never be the same with­out him.”

Dave Hew­son added: “I’m go­ing to miss Paul Shoe­smith, not only a great racer, fundraiser and proud fa­ther but also a friend, we went el­bow to el­bow plenty of times and al­ways had a laugh about it af­ter­wards. Paul also helped me out loads this year with the bike I bought off him and I can’t thank him enough for that. I cried last night and I’ll re­mem­ber fondly.”

A state­ment re­leased by or­gan­is­ers ACU Events Ltd said Paul also op­er­ated his own Ice Val­ley Four An­jels Rac­ing team and “gave nu­mer­ous rid­ers the op­por­tu­nity to com­pete at a high level in the TT races in­clud­ing many of the cur­rent race pad­dock.”

●● Paul Shoe­smith was killed in a TT prac­tice ses­sion crash

●● Paul Shoe­smith

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