Do­minic Feaks

21st May 1997 to 13th June 2018

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Tal­ented youth tri­als rider, ac­tion man, son, fi­ancé and all-round good young man passed away re­cently af­ter a four-year bat­tle with can­cer.

Dom started rid­ing around his 10th birth­day and made quick progress. Prac­tis­ing at the Tri­als Park in Cor­ton, of­ten with Jack Shep­pard, he started to show real tal­ent with good throt­tle con­trol and tech­nique. He was proud of his over­all sixth place in the B Class Bri­tish Cham­pi­onships. Dom then took a break from tri­als to pur­sue other hob­bies, es­pe­cially his beloved ski­ing and any­thing in­volv­ing a GoPro.

Dom was di­ag­nosed with bone can­cer in his left leg a cou­ple of months be­fore his 17th birth­day. In­ten­sive chemo and op­er­a­tions fol­lowed over the next four years as the can­cer reap­peared in his lungs.

With a ti­ta­nium knee and thigh he still found the en­ergy to fill his time with many ex­pe­ri­ences in­clud­ing fly­ing a he­li­copter, driv­ing and work­ing with su­per­cars and ski­ing. He still rode his mo­tor­cy­cles and did as much as he could even af­ter hav­ing a lung re­moved. He loved his cars, es­pe­cially DF55 DOM, his blue Golf R.

Along with his girl­friend Cait he set off on road trips to Scot­land, Snow­don, Brighton and the WTC at Tong. Nowhere was too far! Never com­plain­ing, he just got on with it.

His Cel­e­bra­tion of Life ser­vice was a bright and mod­ern af­fair with bright blue preva­lent, with videos and slideshows shown on large screens some of it his own ed­its. Much of his legacy is avail­able on his YouTube chan­nel 2121 Domo.

John Hulme: “The pass­ing of any­one and es­pe­cially at such a young age is al­ways a sad time. I got to know Do­minic Feaks through his fam­ily and we be­came friends. His pas­sion for tri­als and en­thu­si­asm for life in gen­eral be­came ev­i­dent and the fam­ily side of the sport shone through, they were a tri­als fam­ily. A magazine ar­ti­cle was gen­er­ated and through this we found we had so much in com­mon, and as his ill­ness ap­peared we kept in touch.

"I man­aged to or­gan­ise in what turned out to be a su­perb day out at the Mercedes Van Ex­pe­ri­ence days at the Mill­brook test­ing fa­cil­ity. I am sure you can imag­ine what it was like to be strapped in a van as a pas­sen­ger with a young, full-of-life guy show­ing you what it can do; burn­ing rub­ber and smoke springs to mind!"

To close, here are some words his mother Sarah read out at his Cel­e­bra­tion of Life ser­vice: “We all know that Dom loved bright blue so I ask that when you see the blue sky, you think of him. And if it’s cloudy then he’s hav­ing one of his lay-ins! I’ll fin­ish with a quote I read re­cently: There’s no such thing as a sun­set – it’s just an il­lu­sion caused by the world spin­ning”.

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