Tributes to dad killed in TT crash
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