In Memory of Glyn Jones
2nd August 1942 – 14th July 2019
He touched all of our lives
Glyn was born in London in 1942 and educated in part at the Secondary Technical School for Boys, (Wandsworth Technical College) and went on to study Machine Shop engineering at Borough Polytechnic Institute in Southwark, London before heading to Shropshire. In his younger years Glyn was a farrier and spent many happy hours wrestling horses unwilling to have new shoes fitted. He blamed this work on needing hip replacements which meant no riding for many months.
Glyn has been a member of SaPAR since, as far as we can tell, February 2007 and as far as I know has been a Tutor and Tail End Charlie for the group rideouts for most of those years. He also served on our committee and managed the Facebook page in his spare time.
Throughout those years he has helped many associates to achieve a higher skill level and therefore be safer when riding their motorcycles.
Glyn is renowned for his calmness and patience especially when in his Tail End Charlie role. He mostly managed to keep us all together as a group even if sometimes it was like herding cats.
Comments from group members below demonstrate how much group members thought of this outstanding man.
My thoughts are with his wife Flossie. May you take great comfort from your memories. (Ken Swinton) July 2017
I am extremely saddened by this news as will many others. My thoughts are with his family. Those of you who were around for the restructuring of the group in 2008 will know that Glyn has always been an extremely active member of the group. In my time in the group, about 8 years, I can only remember once that Glyn wasn’t our tail end Charlie for the monthly ride outs. One of his memorable ride outs was on his 67th birthday, going around with ‘67 Today, Toot’ on his back. There wasn’t an event he didn’t attend. As my time in the group as senior tutor and chairman I always benefited from Glyn’s sound advice and support. It goes without saying the group will be a poorer place without Glyn, one of life’s true gentlemen. If I remember correctly Glyn was the only member to be made an honorary member. May I be so bold to the committee to consider having an annual award for outstanding commitment to the group in Glyn’s memory. He will live on in our memories 🍻🍻🍻 (Tom Davis)
Shock. Such a lovely man and one of the oldest members of the group. (David Rogers)
Thank you for letting us know. Such a shock, he will be missed. My heartfelt condolences go out to Flossie. (Helen Parker)
This is very sad news. Let us know when things are arranged as I’m sure there are many of us who would join a final ride with Glyn at his funeral (or any other biking thing that is arranged). Best wishes. (Paul Davies)
I was really sad to read this. (Geoff Goode)
Just to echo everyone else’s emails. I was truly saddened to hear of Glyn’s passing. Was a lovely gentleman with a great sense of humour. He will be missed. (Simon Plevin)
Sad news , Glyn a true Gent and will be missed. Our thoughts are with his wife and family. (Simon Laithwaite)
Terrible news on Glyn. So sad. I was always at the back on ride outs and Glyn’s little encouraging words helped me a lot. Please keep us informed, I would like to go to his funeral if his wife is happy with that. (Malcolm Groom)
As one of Glyn’s associates last year I was particularly shocked to hear of his sudden death. I wondered if it would be possible to obtain his wife’s postal address as I would like to write to her as Glyn often spoke of her when we met up. (Roger Tame)
Sad News (Kirsty Wallace-Plimmer)
A True Gentleman. RIP Glyn (Steve Clarke)
True Gentleman and absolute all round GREAT guy…taught me a lot when I was starting out with the group.
Thinking of all the family at this sad time. (Steve Shaw)
My deepest condolences to you all. (Andy Saveloy)
Really sad to hear. True gent. (Nick Jones)
Such sad news. Glyn was always such a gentlemen to me back in 2009 when I first joined SaPAR. Always enjoyed our Sunday rides and listening to his advice. RIP Glyn and God bless. (Nev Gleed)
On behalf of Richard, Catt and myself, we send our condolences to Glyns family, he was a cheeky chap who always had time for everyone and often made us laugh, he helped Catt our daughter gain her silver at the grand old age of 20, 5 years ago. He will be sadly missed 😔 . (Jackie Mills)
Dear Glyn, I will miss your cheerful and hardy approach to biking and people. RIP (Marion Versluijs)
Paul (Pritchard) and I would like to send our deepest sympathies to Glyn’s family, and friends. I only met him a couple of times, but Paul knew him very well from his time with SaPAR. A lovely man who will be very much missed. 💗X (Kim Huffa)
Devastating news for all of us but especially his family. So giving, inspirational and a true gent who will be sorely missed. (Tina & Mark Kelly)
How sad. Although I have only known Glyn for a year or so, He had earned a great deal of my respect and become a good friend. I will miss him very much.
If there is anything I can do, please let me know. (Tim Moore)
I’m lost for words (Howard Hughes)
My condolences. Doing something that he no doubt loved. Will be interested in joining in a tribute ride if that takes place. (Paul Ashton)
Really shocking sad news, my deepest condolences go to his wife and family. They will be in all our thoughts. (Kevin Fletcher)
Likewise (Steve Coburn)
Blimey. That news was a bit of shock. Sorry to learn Glyns news. My thoughts and prayers to the family. (David Hunt)
I was shocked and saddened, like everyone else, to hear about Glyn. Like some others, I last saw him just over a week ago on the ride-out and he displayed his usual dry sense of humour. Won’t be the same without him. (Dave Thorp)
What very sad news. If you are in contact with Flossie I don’t know what contacts she has if I can offer my professional services then please let me know. (Rev Mike Kinna)
Rip Glyn. True gentleman. Can you share details of funeral as and when?
Thoughts are with Glyn’s family at this time. (Nik Trevor Bagnall)
A real gentleman who taught me so much RIP Glyn. (Ashley Jacobs)
Such a lovely man. He will be missed by many 😔 (David Ryan)
Very saddened to hear Glyn has passed away, RIP. (Terry Mansell)
So sad. RIP Glyn. (Moira Wallace)
I still can’t believe this lovely man is no longer with us. Such a gentleman with a cheeky sense of humour. You will be greatly missed. Condolences to all your family. X (Michelle Jennings)
Glyn was one of those guys that I had so much praise for privately, its reassuring but the wrong way to find out that he was viewed the same by so many. Like others no doubt, I had a number of conversations with Glyn during the period I spent with SaPAR, it was like talking to my old dad, wise, patient and friendly amongst other attributes. I was looking forward to joining a SaPAR ride one day to say hello to him, so sad as you say, he sure will be missed by so many. (Andy Reynolds)
I am absolutely staggered and deeply saddened by this news. Glyn was my tutor and I was planning to get in touch for some refresher training soon. I do hope we can get the arrangements in plenty of time as I would like to attend the funeral, if at all possible/appropriate.
Glyn was really kind to me during my tutoring period and after my wife passed away.
What terrible news – what a shock. Please pass on our condolences. (Dennis Silverlock)
That’s terrible and please pass on my condolences. I didn’t know him personally but when a fellow biker falls it touches us all. I have taken the liberty of sharing this to Paul Collyer at SAMM and he is equally shocked. (Andrew Harrison)
That is very sad news indeed. He will be sorely missed by all at SaPAR as well as his family and friends. He was a terrific Tail End Charlie and always patient and always a gentleman.
Please pass on my condolences to his wife.
Best regards (John Roe)
I’m Glyn’s associate Mark, just arrived home and read my emails and can’t believe my eyes. To say I’m shocked and devastated would be understatement. I have only known Glyn for a short while but his impact on my riding and on me personally has been massive.
My deepest sympathy goes out to his wife, I’m so sorry for her loss.
At are last meeting we were discussing applying for my test and that I’d of course aim for the Gold standard, simply because I always want to be the best at everything I do! Glyn reminded me, that a gold is hard to come by, and rightly so, it wouldn’t be worth having otherwise. I can’t promise that I will achieve the highest standard, but I promise that I will do my best for Glyn, a lovely man and a great friend and mentor. (Mark Williams)
A great guy, a great loss. Condolences to family and friends, RIP Glyn. (Paul Wright)
Very sad, sorry to hear of this… sincerest condolences to Glyn’s friends and family. (Paul Collier)
Lovely man, so sorry to hear the sad news. My thoughts are with his family. (Lyn FitzGerald)
May your beautiful soul live on 💕 (Tina Kelly)
So sad. Our thoughts are with his family. He was a fantastic mentor to Robin. He will be greatly missed. Xxx (Cheryl Jane Padgett)
I was very fond of Glyn. He was very professional and always pulled me up when I was riding badly (most of the time!) Never failed to hunt me down when I got lost (most of the time!) I will really miss him. (Charles Bridgeman)
I didn’t know Glyn as I have only just joined but my deepest condolences to you all. (Andy Saveloy)
Gradually, I have accepted the shocking news that I would not be able to see you again, but I am still very sad.
When I took my CBT, you were the teacher of the day. You were a brilliant teacher and I became very fond of you.
Soon I joined the SAPAR and it was nice surprise that I found you at a ride out. As I am a slow rider my regular position was at the tail end just before you, and I was happy riding with you. I was fortunate to know you better while I was briefly a member of committee.
I am sorry that I could not attend ride outs last couple of years due to my work. I found an excellent new job and I was looking forward to ride with you again.
Once RoSPA asked me about my motorcycle hero and I immediately put your name. I wanted to carry on riding for many years after retirement and you were the role model of the biker who never stops riding. You are the through and through motorcyclist. We all miss you Glyn.
While I was travelling Ireland I often thought of you. You rode this beautiful Ireland with me. I am going to take you to many countries and places. Please look forward to them.