Hundreds of motorbikes were expected to descend on Culford yesterday with people from across East Anglia coming to celebrate the life of a popular motorcycle enthusiast.
Simon Mollett, a long term member of the Bury St Edmunds and District Motorcycle Action Group (MAG) and ‘tireless’ campaigner for the group, died suddenly of a suspected heart attack on April 13, aged 48.
The former Stowmarket High School pupil worked for Calor Gas, in Risby, and enjoyed attending bike rallies where he was known by many as The Racing Snake or The Suffolk Spanner Monkey and was often ‘chief barbecue cook’.
A humanist burial was due to take place at Oakfield Wood, in Culford, yesterday, followed by a wake at The British Sugar Sports and Social Club, in Bury.
Simon’s wife, Marianne, whom he met at a bike rally in 1994 and married exactly five years’ later, planned to give him ‘a proper send off’ in a motorcycle hearse, with his main bike - a Griso - among the funeral cortege.
Mourners were asked to wear ‘something red, bright or downright lary’ in honour of Simon’s ‘often-questionable taste in clothes’.
Marianne, 47, said: “He was a kind man, a gentle man. He would laugh and joke with anyone. People have said how easy he was to talk to. He had a willing smile and a questionable taste in clothes, bright and lary.
“He had respect for his parents and respect for other people. He never judged people and didn’t do malicious gossip. He let people live their own lives and asked nothing more of them than that they let him do the same.”
The couple moved to Haughley, from Bury, in 2011 and Simon turned their garage into a ‘man cave’ where he was ‘in his element’ rebuilding a Moto Guzzi bike.
“He was a mechanic by trade, mechanically curious by inclination and he loved his bikes,” said Marianne.
She added: “He was one of the good ones. He was a genuinely nice human being and he was my best friend, and I think everyone who knew him is going to miss him.”