MORE than 500 people attended the funeral of popular cyclist and businessman Trevor Lever.
Cars parked the full length of Park Wood Crematorium to Park Road, Elland, as people said a sad farewell to Trevor who died on November 29. He suffered head injuries after coming off his bike on his way home to Bailiff Bridge.
The start of the service conducted by Rev Edward Holmes was delayed by almost 15 minutes while the hundreds of people packed into the room, spilling out into the chapel of rest, waiting room and entrance.
Trevor’s wife Doreen said they believe it was one of the biggest Park Wood has seen in the last 18 years.
“I just never got to see so many people that said they were there. Some couldn’t get into the room or even into the building and had to stand outside.
“It was wonderful to see so many people and what lovely support. I was expecting a couple of hundred of people but it was just incredible.
“What was nice was that when the funeral car drove into the crematorium we followed a cyclist. We all said what a wonderful tribute and it was just so nice for it to happen that way without it being planned.”
Some of the mourners attended in their cycling gear as a tribute to Trevor before moving to Bailiff Bridge Community Centre.
Doreen said people travelled from all over to attend the service last Wednesday. There were people from Milton Keynes, Scotland, Belgium and Ireland.
“I would just like to say a big thank you to everybody that came and sorry that we didn’t get to speak to everybody. But I would like to thank them for their support because it was appreciated,” said Doreen.
The flowers from the funeral have been donated to Bailiff Bridge Memorial Park.
Trevor was the financial director at the community centre and played an instrumental part in getting it open.
He organised the first beer festival and the cheques from the proceeds raised for Overgate Hospice and Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice will be presented tomorrow.