Mov­ing trib­ute to Guy

Macclesfield Express - - TEACHER CYCLING TRAGEDY -

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

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