Trib­utes paid to ‘true gent’ who died while rid­ing his bike

COM­MU­NITY SHARES MEMORIES OF POP­U­LAR CY­CLIST

Bangor Mail - - News - Kelly Wil­liams

TRIB­UTES have been paid to an el­derly man who died rid­ing his bike on An­gle­sey. Wally Need­ham, from Rhy­d­wyn, was cy­cling on the A5025 Llan­fachraeth and Llan­faethlu when he died on Fri­day.

Mr Need­ham, was in his 80s, was well known on the is­land. He would of­ten be seen rid­ing his bike and was said to be very fit for his age.

Holy­head coun­cil­lor John Grif­fith paid trib­ute to the “fine old gen­tle­man of the road”.

He added: “I saw him reg­u­larly rid­ing his bike along the A5025, al­ways a smile on his face and beam­ing. I would al­ways flash my lights at him when I saw him and al­ways a bright smile came back at you.

“From what I un­der­stand he was a solid neigh­bour. There for any­body and al­ways help­ful in any way he could be. If there were more peo­ple like him the world would be a hap­pier place and a fit­ter place, too. You couldn’t get any­body as nice.

“He was in his 80s and an ex­am­ple of get­ting out and about and get­ting your­self fit. Every­body knew

Wally. When­ever I met him I was left with a warm glow in my heart.”

The road was closed by po­lice at lunchtime on Fri­day while paramedics were at the scene.

Holy­head town Coun­cil­lor Vaughan Wil­liams added: “I’d like to ex­press my sym­pa­thy to his friends and fam­ily. Wally was a real char­ac­ter, ev­ery­one knew of him even if they didn’t know him per­son­ally. He was a reg­u­lar fix­ture, cy­cling from Holy­head to Rhy­d­wyn. A real gen­tle­man, and he will be sorely missed.”

At the week­end, the An­gle­sey com­mu­nity shared their memories of “one of life’s true gen­tle­men” with a “heart of gold” who died do­ing what he loved best.

Many took to so­cial me­dia to pay trib­ute to Mr Need­ham.

One said: “No one can re­place such a kind and gen­tle per­son...He is so sadly sadly missed. Sleep tight night night you lovely gen­tle man.”

An­other wrote: “I’m 63 now and have known Wally since I was nine years old. A true ec­cen­tric and one of life’s gen­tle­men in the truest mean­ing of the word. God bless you and keep you old friend RIP Wally.”

One man com­mented: “Wally was a true gen­tle­man. Dur­ing the rough win­ters, I would of­ten of­fer him a lift back from Holy­head/Val­ley, but he would al­ways turn down the op­por­tu­nity. He did not let so­ci­ety push him or get in his way and loved liv­ing the way he al­ways wanted.”

A woman said: “Amaz­ing, the miles he cy­cled, loved an­i­mals and last time I chat­ted to him he said, as I got my dogs to stand aside to let him pass, ‘No! An­i­mals al­ways come first, in my world any­way.’”

A man added: “When­ever you were driving that way, you knew there was a good chance you’d see him.

“We thought he was the fittest guy on the planet, even at his age.

“On the way back from Holy­head that day, hav­ing turned around ear­lier to go through the back roads on see­ing the emer­gency lights, we were look­ing for signs of an ac­ci­dent. When I couldn’t see one, I im­me­di­ately thought of Wally and hop­ing it wasn’t any­thing to do with him. In a way, it couldn’t be a more fit­ting end. Do­ing some­thing he clearly en­joyed.”

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