He died doing what he loved

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VETERAN cyclist Trevor Lever died doing what he loved most.

Trevor was on his way home to Bailiff Bridge from Mytholmroyd when he came off his bike on the A58 Godley Lane just after midnight, suffering serious head injuries. He had been with friends at the Valley of Lights celebration last Thursday night.

Trevor was a keen cyclist and member of the Condor Road Club which went out most weeks.

He was a key member of Bailiff Bridge Community Centre committee, and the village’s lights switch-on was delayed as a mark of respect for him.

A police investigation is continuing into the cause of the accident.

The family this week paid tribute to Trevor, aged 70.

“He was definitely a family man. He loved having a house full,” said his wife Doreen. Family really was so important to him. He was strong, reliable and just always there for everybody.

“He was a great listener and thoughtful. A real mentor to many and just a great guy. He lived his life to the full and made every moment count. On Thursday night he was doing what he wanted to do.

“And whatever happened to him we know he didn’t suffer.”

Trevor lived in Brighouse most of his life and always worked in textiles. In 1982 he set up his own company Avocet Dye and Chemical Co Ltd and ten years later he moved the business to Birds Royd Lane, Brighouse.

He was president of the Guild of Technical Dyers and involved in the 3B’s group but due to work commitments abroad he decided to leave.

In 2008 he joined the committee at Bailiff Bridge Community Centre supporting Malcolm Silkstone. He also took on the role of project manager during the refurbishment. “It became his full time job. He virtually retired from Avocet and went to Bailiff Bridge Community Centre,” said Doreen, 68. “He loved having something to do.”

His daughter Janette, 43, said relaxing was not in his vocabulary when he wasn’t working or at the community centre he would be at home building walls and dykes.

Trevor organised the first beer festival at the centre with the help of Mark Feasey and his colleagues at The Old Ship Inn, Brighouse. The event was hailed a huge success and Trevor’s hard work paid off. He was hoping to organise a second one next year.

The Christmas light switch on due to take place at the community centre on Friday was cancelled in his honour.

His family believe that Trevor didn’t look his age because he was always so active. Doreen said: “He was not phased by his age. For his 70th birthday we had a barn dance and that was his choice. Then we did a five-week cycle ride around France on a tandem.

“I had only taken up cycling this year and I had every confidence in Trevor. I had no worries at all. I am really glad we did it because it is something he wanted to do.”

And it appeared the older Trevor got the fitter he got and the more adventurous. He climbed Kilimanjaro when he was 64 and learnt how to ski at the age of 67.

His son Michael, 46, organises the Brighouse Circuit Race. “He always supported me in allowing me the time when I was supposed to be working and Avocet sponsored the event. He let me get on with it. And of course because it was cycling he completely loved it.”

Trevor also did a lot of charity work and would often take part in marathons to raise money.

Malcolm Silkstone, chair of Bailiff Bridge Residents’ Association, said he had known Trevor for a long time. “Trevor was always pleasant, friendly and equally reliable and up for anything we did. He loved working on a daily basis and enjoyed being part of our small but important team. It is very tragic what has happened and he will be greatly missed as a friend and of course as a colleague.”

Bill Terry speaking on behalf of the 3B’s group said: “The 3B’s Group is deeply saddened by the loss of Trevor Lever, an early member of the group, with a total commitment to family and Brighouse.

“His continuous good humour and willingness to help endeared him to all who knew him. His commitment to the town saw him involved with various schemes to improve the area, and his help was very much appreciated. He will be sadly missed by us all.”

Landlord of the Old Ship, Mark Feasey said Trevor would never be forgotten. “Trevor became a great friend of mine over the last few years. I had great respect for him as a businessman and what he had achieved in his life. He had the same respect for me, and it was only a few months ago when he asked me to organise a beer festival at Bailiff Bridge Community Centre, a place he has worked so hard to make it what it is.

“Over the time of organising the beer festival me and Trevor spent hours together and managed to hold an amazing event, making us even closer as friends. Trevor was one of the healthiest men, and the things he did at his age was amazing, and I would find it hard to keep up with him. To hear what has happened has been a great shock, and my thoughts are with his fantastic family. The memory of Trevor will always live on, and he will be never forgotten.”

Trevor also leaves a grand-daughter Lauren aged 14. The service and cremation will take place on Wednesday at 12.45pm at Park Wood Crematorium. Anyone with information about the accident should contact Sgt Garry Alderson at the Major Collision Enquiry Team on 01924 293047 or via 101.