Motorcyclists lead funeral cortege
Biking brothers and sisters wore their finest leathers, revved their engines and turned out in force to celebrate the life of one of their fellow bikers in style.
Lifelong biker Jim Fielding died on February 7, leaving his family and friends devastated to lose “a fantastic father” and “man in a million”.
A proud procession of motorbikes gathered in honour of the Erskine man in the town’s High Barsail area yesterday to lead him on his final journey, with a motorcycle helmet placed on top of his coffin.
His heartbroken wife Myra paid a loving tribute to the 74-year-old on social media, remembering him as “a wonderful man”.
Her Facebook post read: “My husband Jimmy Fielding was sadly taken from us.
“He was a wonderful man, a fantastic father, animal-lover and biker and his 74 years spent on earth touched so many in a positive way.”
Family and friends echoed Myra’s message by posting their own comments of support.
Isabell Costley said: “Jim was a man in a million who will be greatly missed my many.
“They broke the mould when they made him and there will never be another like him. “It was an honour to know him. Adam Wilson added: “The world is a sadder place with a biker short.”
Tragically, after biking for 50 years, Jim lost his legs, meaning he had to give up his favourite pastime.
Jim’s son Rab Guy launched the idea of a procession, spreading the word to as many bikers as possible.
His Facebook post read: “My dad was a biker for 50 years.
“He had such a big heart and would really mean the world to our family if some of you guys are able to come along with bikes to give him the send-off he deserves.”
Rab’s post was shared over 1,200 times in just a couple of days as the biking community rallied round.
With clubs from as far away as the Isle of Skye turning up to take part in the procession, both those who knew Jim and total strangers showed their support.
Saddened biking aficionado Siobhan McNeill commented on Rab’s post: “I don’t know you or your family.
“But I would be honoured to ride alongside your dad on his final journey.
Jimbo Mullin added: “We all feel the pain when one of our brothers dies.
“Sending our deepest sympathy to the family from all the Hillbillies MCC Renfrewshire.
“I would be honoured to be part of his send-off.”
William Graham said: “I’ll be there for the family.
“Bikers stay together for ever – brothers and sisters.”
Myra sent a message of thanks to staff at the Vale of Leven Hospital’s Dialysis Unit, who treated her husband for four years.
They too paid their respects online to a “lovely man” who was “so funny”.
Nurse Sharon Bell commented: “I met your dad at RDU when I was dialysis training before Christmas. “He was a lovely man.” Yvon Dunn added:”I’m a student nurse who had the pleasure of meeting your dad while I was on my placement in the renal dialysis unit.
“What a lovely man.”
Mourners looked on at High Barsail as the procession made its way to a service at Craigton Crematorium in Glasgow.
Following the service, Rab said: “I would just like to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for all the messages and support. My family are totally overwhelmed.
“It means so much to us that so many of you who didn’t know my dad were willing to pay their respects. Thank you.”
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