Moving tribute to Guy
was on his beloved bike.
Fran said: “Guy’s dream was to live in a place where he could set off on a bike ride from his doorstep.
“In Bollington he found that place. He would go out in any weather, rain, shine or hail, and at any time of the day. Guy cycled with local clubs over the years but he was happiest out on his own, going at his own pace, doing his own thing.
“It was never about competition or times, it was just passion. We once worked out that during one year he had cycled every day except Christmas Day and when he was ill. That was a extent of his love of being out on his bike.”
Fran admits that she would worry about Guy’s safety on the roads.
She said: “Guy had been hit by a car in March, causing significant damage to his bike. He spoke of near misses and bumps, but it wouldn’t put him off.
“He was very experienced and very safety conscious.
“I am struggling to come to terms with the horror of what he went through from the accident and the fact that I will never see him again.
“But I have been helped by all the lovely support from family and friends. He had a passion for everything he did and we will miss him.”
Police and paramedics were called at around 5.20pm on Tuesday, June 7, to reports of a road traffic collision involving a blue Renault Clio and a cyclist.
The driver of the car, a 41-year-old man from Buxton, was arrested by police and an investigation into the circumstances has started.
Guy grew up near Preston with his family including his dad Jack, late mum Pat and brother Mark, 48.
He studied biology at university in Bangor where he met Fran who was studying languages.
Guy later studied a Masters degree in parasitology and achieved academic success by having his paper on liver fluke disease published in a leading medical journal.
He became a teacher and settled in Nottingham with Fran, whom he married in 2001.
When Owen was born in 2002 the couple decided to move to Bollington to be closer to their families and later welcomed Ella and Theo.
Fran said: “Guy was a dedicated dad and would always involve himself in their lives.
“He was a big reader and would have his head buried in a book or magazine any spare moment he got.
“He encouraged the children to follow his love of reading.”
Encouraging his own children to learn was a extension of Guy’s passion for teaching.
Fran said: “He loved being in the classroom. He loved connecting with kids and was always trying to find new ways of getting them excited about learn- ing. He was fantastic with the kids and they respected him.”
A crowdfunder has been set up to support Guy’s family, with more than £2,000 already raised in his memory.
George Swann, who set up the page, said: “Guy Wharton was an honest and inspirational man who was loved by many, and for everything he gave to us we should give something back in the form of a donation as a trust fund for his children so hopefully they experience teaching in the way that he taught us.”
To support the cause, go to crowdfunding. justgiving.com/Giveback-for-guy. ●● A BOOK of Condolence has been opened at St Oswald Church, Bollington, for those wishing to pay their respects to the memory of Guy.
The church will be open from 8.45am to 6.45pm each day for the next eight days for those wanting a quiet space for prayer, reflection and remembrance.
A Book of Condolence is also available at Bollington Cross Primary School for children, staff and parents.
●● Guy would cycle every day and, inset, with his wife, Fran, and son Theo