Racing ace is laid to rest
mark buckley • Published 25 May 2012 18:30 2 Comments
LOVING DAD AND HUSBAND: Mark's funeral was held today
RACER: Mark competing at Knockhill
TRIBUTES: Mourners were asked to wear colourful clothing
The funeral of Vale superbike rider Mark Buckley has taken place today (Friday) at Bonhill Parish Church.
In keeping with his family's wishes, hundreds of mourners packed the church wearing bright colours in a celebration of the 35-year-old's life.
More than 100 others waited outside as there was not enough room for them in the church.
The dad-of-four died on Saturday after he came off his bike at the Northwest 200 event in Ireland.
He was rushed to hospital but sadly succumbed to his injuries.
After the service a cavalcade of more than 100 bikers led the procession to the Vale of Leven Cemetary.
Since his death hundreds of messages of support have flooded in via Twitter, with legendary biker Carl Fogarty saying: "A sad end to a great day's racing... the death of Mark Buckley. Thoughts with family and friends."
He was racing for the new Splitlath Redmond Racing team and had been due to compete for them at the TT races in the Isle of man in June.
In a statement, the team said: "Mark joined the team last month to contest the Isle of Man TT and other road races. An experienced road racer, the North West 200 was one of his favourite events on the calendar.
"Mark was a rider who always had a smile on his face and although he was new to the Splitlath Redmond outfit, he had already made a lot of friends within the team.
"He was a man who was always positive, with an infectious sense of humour and a rider who cared deeply about his colleagues and others.
"Mark will be missed by everyone at Splitlath Redmond and our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Jayne, his family and friends."
Mervyn Whyte, director of the North West 200 event, added: "Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Jayne and we extend our deepest sympathies to the entire family circle."
This article appeared in Dumbarton & Vale of Leven Reporter 25 May 12
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May 26, 20:55
Mark Buckley was a guiding light in the set up of Borders Race of the Reivers. We would like to express our deepest sympathies to Jayne Buckley, her children and family at this difficult time. Mark will forever be in our thoughts. Andrew Hadwin, Mark Degnan, Glen Ferguson - Borders Race of the Reivers Directors.
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Jul 4, 19:39
We would like to thank Mrs Jayne Buckley who has been in contact and despite the tragic loss of her husband Mark at this years NW200, is still wishing to support, advise and assist with the Borders Race of the Reivers.
When the event takes place one of the races will be named in Marks memory and the number 66 will be withdrawn from the event. This is to be done in recognition of Mark and his work on our behalf.
Andrew Hadwin, Mark Degnan, Glen Ferguson - Borders Race of the Reivers Directors
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