Warm tributes to 'gentle giant' after bike ride death

GRIEVING friends of a popular cyclist who died suddenly have been paying tribute to the 'gentle giant'.

Jo Thewlis

GRIEVING friends of a popular cyclist who died suddenly have been paying tribute to the 'gentle giant'.

Simon Crick, 33, collapsed and died while on a bike ride in Flowton Road, Lower Somersham, last Saturday morning.

Paramedics tried to revive Mr Crick, known as “Big Si,” who had been complaining of chest pains, but he was declared dead at the scene.

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John Beaumont, a friend of Mr Crick's, said: “We can't believe it. Simon will be sadly missed. He always raised a smile with his sharp wit and larger-than-life presence.

“It's been a pleasure to have known Big Si and it's unbelievable we won't see him again.”

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Floral tributes have been left at the spot where Mr Crick died while riding between his home in Princes Gardens to his parents' house with a friend.

Steve Cotterell, a local resident, described Mr Crick as a “gentle giant,” saying his death had left the community in shock.

Lynn Bowers, who used to be childhood playmates with Mr Crick, said: “I have known Simon and his family for many years. Our thoughts are with your family at this sad time.”

Mr Crick's family and his partner, Joanne, were too upset to pay tribute.

A funeral will be held at St Mary's Church, Somersham, on Tuesday, March 9 at 2.30pm.

Floral tributes can be sent to the Chapel of Rest, 54 Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich.

Donations to the British Heart Foundation or the East Anglian Air Ambulance can also be sent to Co-operative Funeral Service, 47 St Helen's Street, Ipswich, IP4 2JL.

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