Neil Cross­waite

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It is with great sad­ness that we have to re­port the death of Neil Cross­waite. A leg­end in his own right, he had a brain haem­or­rhage that he was un­for­tu­nately un­able to re­cover from and passed away on Fri­day the 1st Fe­bru­ary 2019 at 70 years of age.

Born and bred in Brad­ford, he and his fam­ily resided at Bin­g­ley where he raised his two chil­dren, Tina and Martin, along with his lov­ing wife Sue. As a mo­tor trader and busi­ness­man Neil was very suc­cess­ful in life as well as be­ing a very ‘handy’ tri­als rider in his day, com­pet­ing in many Scot­tish Six Days and Scott Tri­als. He was also a very prom­i­nent mem­ber of the Yeadon & Guis­ley Mo­tor Cy­cle Club.

With a vi­sion of mo­tor­cy­cle tri­als on the big stage he and the late Martin Lamp­kin formed Avon­dale Man­age­ment to present the hugely suc­cess­ful Sh­effield In­door Trial 24 years ago. This event re­mains one of the most suc­cess­ful events, en­ter­tain­ing the pub­lic ev­ery Jan­uary as the tra­di­tional opener to the tri­als sea­son.

A lifelong mo­tor­cy­cle en­thu­si­ast, his pas­sion for tri­als rid­ing would see him travel all over the world, where he would meet so many peo­ple who all had re­spect for his hon­est and open opin­ion. His son, Martin, fol­lowed his fa­ther into tri­als and achieved much suc­cess on the in­ter­na­tional scene, and Neil was im­mensely proud. He trav­elled along with his fam­ily on some very mem­o­rable and en­joy­able trips; his world was his fam­ily.

The fu­neral took place at Nab Wood Cre­ma­to­rium on Thurs­day 14 Fe­bru­ary where a packed house paid trib­ute to such a great man, one of life’s true char­ac­ters. The tra­di­tional ‘wake’ was at the fam­ily owned Bus­field Arms pub­lic house, where Neil was cel­e­brated with so many sto­ries of his life and times.

Martin Cross­waite: “The Cross­waite fam­ily would like to thank every­one for all your mes­sages of sup­port; it re­ally means the world to us as a fam­ily that my dad was held in such high re­gard by so many peo­ple.”

John Hulme, Trial Mag­a­zine: “Neil was such an in­spi­ra­tion when we started the mag­a­zine, with his enthusiasm for any­thing mo­tor­cy­cle tri­als. His con­struc­tive, hon­est crit­i­cism came from the heart and was al­ways wel­come, as were his new ideas. His hand­shake was his word, and I for one am go­ing to miss his phone calls to find out was go­ing on in the world of tri­als. All our thoughts are with his fam­ily at this dif­fi­cult time.”

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