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'A Tribute to Curly' written by Kevin Commons


A Tribute to Curly


The north chapel at Gilroes Cemetery was full to overflowing on 6 March with family and old cycling friends to help “push off” Colin Pattison on his last ride.  A well crafted humanist ceremony, punctuated with his favourite jazz music, provided a fitting celebration of Curly’s life both in and out of the saddle.  The congregation included one current member of the Buckshee Wheelers, several veterans of the infamous Wednesday run to Redmile/Sedgebrook and, of course, his friends from the Ratae and other local clubs.  The picture of Colin on his time trial bike and in full race kit that adorned the catafalque came from an event only 18 months previously!  This was its own tribute to Curly’s determination, or as some might say stubbornness, and will to win.  However, Curly was also a kind hearted and considerate person, always keen to welcome new people to the Ratae.  He was a good organiser and this was illustrated by the Dinner and Jazz Concert that he had arranged for 1 March at Leicester College, which sadly he was unable to attend in person.  However, it is typical of him that he insisted to Audrey that the event should go ahead with or without him.  Despite the sadness that surrounded the occasion, the evening was a complete success and served as a ‘wake’ before the actual funeral; Curly always had his own way of doing things!  The event provided a natural platform for people to talk to Audrey for the first time since Colin’s demise.  Everyone present had a really good time, which is what Curly would have wanted.  Curly was a co-founder and original member of the Ratae and was actively involved right up to the end, only recently relinquishing the job of membership secretary.  He will be greatly missed by us all, but we will remember him on every club run when we encounter horses on the road !

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