Popular newlywed Ipswich biker dies suddenly aged 62
PUBLISHED: 12:51 19 May 2020 | UPDATED: 09:39 20 May 2020
The wife of a ‘kind and caring’ Ipswich biker who died suddenly has paid tribute to her beloved husband of just three months.
Paul Alcock, a member of the Black Shuck Motorcycle Club (MCC), was 62, when he died suddenly last Tuesday.
Paying tribute to the lifelong bike enthusiast, wife Rachel said: “Paul was the most kind, caring, helpful and generous man. He would do anything for anyone.
“The biking community will not be the same without him.”
In the wake of Mr Alcock’s death, a JustGiving page was set up by Black Shuck member Gemma Bennett to help with funeral costs and has raised £3,455 so far.
Mrs Alcock thanked everyone for their support and said: “We’ve been totally humbled by how much people thought of Paul. It’s so generous.
“The biking community really is a family.”
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And bikers from all over the country have been invited to escort him for one last ride to his funeral at Ipswich Crematorium next week - in scenes the will be reminiscent of those that played out on his wedding day just a few months ago.
“Next week we will absolutely give him his last ride and give him the send off he deserves. It will be a sight to see,” said Mrs Alcock, explaining that her husband had owned bikes all his life.
Mr Alcock, Black Shuck MCC’s members’ representative, and wife Rachel were married in February.
The couple, who first met on Facebook and had been together for three years, had planned to get married quietly in a service at the registry office.
But fellow members of the motorcycle club caught wind of the plans and the couple’s hopes of a simple ceremony were dashed.
Bikers came out in droves to support the couple, escorting them on their way to officially register their marriage.
Mr Alcock’s daughter Melanie added: “I am so overwhelmed and grateful to everybody that has contributed and to the bike club for their amazing support.
“My dad was such a kind and caring man and to see how much he was loved by all who knew him is amazing.”
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