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Thursday, 24 September 2015

Sad News

Sorry to be recording the sudden death of Jim Hudson, a member of the White Peak Ranger Group, especially since he was with us in Matlock less than two weeks ago at the Tour of Britain, and also on the ride at Carsington a couple of days later.
He was an enthusiastic cyclist and campaigner, who I first came into contact with some years ago before he joined Sustrans, when he was badgering the Council in Uttoxeter to put in a cycle path to link R549 alongside the A50 at Dove Bridge, to the town centre. This path is now in place and will always remind me of Jim.
He joined the White Peak Ranger Group and worked tirelessly to further the interests of Sustrans.
Living in Ashbourne, he took a particular interest in NCN R68 between Ashbourne and Etwall, as well as the Tissington Trail and the developing routes further North.
The quintessential "what you see is what you get" person, Jim passed away on his eightieth birthday, and in a strange way this seem typical of the man who always did things in a precise and exact fashion and lived for exactly eighty years.  Not a day less nor a day more.

Jim joined the Dragon Ride Group and is seen here on the recent Northumberland ride.
He was also a member of Derby Cycling Group, travelling further than most to attend the monthly meetings.
No question about it, he will be sadly missed.

28 Sept. 2015
Jim's funeral at Markeaton Crematorium 2.40pm Wednesday 7th October
No black, No flowers.
Collection for East Midlands Air Ambulance which once rescued Jim after a cycling accident.

1 comment:

swaddywaddy said...

sad..sad..news I only met him just before our Northumberland trip but I found him great company with a wry,dry sense of humour. Although he could appear a bit curmudgeonly he had a real warmth when you got to know him polite and and a gentleman. I will never forget leading him across the causeway from Holy Island (Lindesfarne) into a strong gale and his appreciative grin when we finally reached our B & B. He did bloody well to keep up with us young 'uns!

I love the picture of him taken at the last supper of our trip at the only restaurant that would have us! also a nice picture of him en velo!

Keep on pedaling in heaven mate