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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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