Bikers help in fantastic send off for Ipswich Cardinals founder Colin Cox
PUBLISHED: 16:30 06 October 2020 | UPDATED: 10:33 07 October 2020
Copyright Christopher Grover
Around 50 motorcyclists have come together to join in the funeral procession for “loving and kind” Ipswich Cardinals founder Colin Cox.
Mr Cox, also known for his love of cycle speedway and motorcycles, died on Monday, September 7, aged 62 after taking his own life.
Tributes have since flooded in for the much-loved grandfather of three, who has been remembered for his cheeky attitude and love of sports – from snowboarding to volleyball.
Locally, Mr Cox is best known for founding the Ipswich Cardinals American Football team, which he formed alongside friend Mark LePorte at the Drunken Docker pub in 1985.
The team, now a big name in the British American Football scene, has since won two Britbowl National Championships – including one against longtime rivals the Norwich Devils.
He was also known for being chairman of the Suffolk Land Rover Owners Club, and as a prominent member of Martlesham Leisure – often referred to as his “second home”.
His funeral was held at Seven Hills Crematorium on Monday, October 5 – complete with a biker procession with the aid of Jay Lorenz and Orwell Motorcycles.
Colin’s daughter Emma, who serves in the RAF, thanked bikers, friends and family for helping give her father “the most amazing send off”.
“The day was incredible,” Ms Cox said. “We are still taking it all in, but everyone gave dad the most amazing send off.
“We are broken hearted, but plans are already in place to start fundraising for men’s mental health charities.
“We need to raise awareness and try to help others.”
Ms Cox added the family have ambitious plans to help raise vital funds for men’s mental health charities, including climbing one of the world’s highest mountains.
“Both myself and my sister’s husband hope to do Kilimanjaro next year in dad’s memory,” she said.
According to the Office for National Statistics, 60 people in Suffolk took their own life last year.
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