A lifelong motorcycle enthusiast Ron Hulme passed away peacefully in Stepping Hill Hospital with his wife Joyce and close family present on 27th May after a brave enduring battle against Diabetes over a forty-eight year period which resulted in a stroke.
Ron’s introduction to the world of motorcycles came from his friend Ronnie Band at his garage in Horwich End, Whaley Bridge. After leaving school he worked at the garage before being drafted in for his National Service in 1952 where he spent eighteen months in the Suez Canal war-zone. In 1955 he married the love of his life Joyce and over the next sixty years the motorcycle became the third partner in this relationship. A new Francis Barnett was purchased before the bedroom suite when they moved in their home at 18 Reddish Avenue in 1957.
After his National Service he worked in the Gas board with his friend Roy Beard where many a story was reminisced later in life. In 1959 eldest son Alan entered the world just as he was riding in a trials competition in Wales which he had ridden to before returning home with an award.
In August 1960 a second son John would arrive and the family was complete. Employment was then provided by Ferodo where he spent his remaining working life as a motor vehicle engineer until he retired in 1991 aged 58. All his life was devoted to motorcycle trials and he was very proud of his two sons who achieved success in the sport and in life. He also encouraged many younger riders into the sport when he and his friend John Cantrell introduced the ‘Dead Easy’ trials at the Manchester 17 Motor Cycle Club.
After retiring, he found a new motorcycle interest in Trail Riding and along with a few friends enjoyed his outings two or three times a week in his beloved Peak District.
Ron is survived by his wife Joyce and two sons Alan and John.
The funeral service will take place at Macclesfield Crematorium – Prestbury Rd, Macclesfield SK10 3BU – on Tuesday 14th June at 1.20 pm. Family flowers only and any kind donations please to Ward E1 Stepping Hill Hospital.