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Bikers hit the road for last ride in memory of Clacton father-of-four

PUBLISHED: 21:16 30 March 2018 | UPDATED: 21:16 30 March 2018

More than 150 bikers joined a memorial ride-out to mark the one year anniversary of the death of popular Clacton motorcyclist Ronnie Sheehan. Picture: NATHAN BARONI

More than 150 bikers joined a memorial ride-out to mark the one year anniversary of the death of popular Clacton motorcyclist Ronnie Sheehan. Picture: NATHAN BARONI

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More than 150 bikers joined a memorial ride-out to mark the one year anniversary of the death of popular Clacton motorcyclist Ronnie Sheehan.

More than 150 bikers joined a memorial ride-out to mark the one year anniversary of the death of popular Clacton motorcyclist Ronnie Sheehan. Picture: NATHAN BARONI
More than 150 bikers joined a memorial ride-out to mark the one year anniversary of the death of popular Clacton motorcyclist Ronnie Sheehan. Picture: NATHAN BARONI

Scores of bikers met at the Full Throttle Cafe, on Thursday March 22, before heading out towards Marine Parade, where a memorial bench has been installed in honour of the 36-year-old father-of-four

His wife Emma said she was ‘overwhelmed’ by the support the family have received.

“Me and the children wanted to arrange the ride-out because the biker community has been so great helping to raise money for a bench for Ronnie,” she said.

“The bench was put in place on March 14, which was his birthday.

More than 150 bikers joined a memorial ride-out to mark the one year anniversary of the death of popular Clacton motorcyclist Ronnie Sheehan. Picture: NATHAN BARONI
More than 150 bikers joined a memorial ride-out to mark the one year anniversary of the death of popular Clacton motorcyclist Ronnie Sheehan. Picture: NATHAN BARONI

“To be honest, I was not expecting that many people to turn up.

“My best friend and I had led the ride out.

“But it was only until I pulled up on Marine Parade that I saw how many people there were and how many bikes had joined us.

“I was a bit overwhelmed with emotion.”

Ronnie Sheehan, who died in a collision on Marine Parade East in ClactonRonnie Sheehan, who died in a collision on Marine Parade East in Clacton

A minute’s silence was held and candles were lit at the memorial bench at the time of Ronnie’s death a year ago.

His four children also joined the ceremony, lighting a lantern each in memory of their father.

Mr Sheehan died following a two-vehicle crash in Marine Parade on March 22, 2017, while riding a friend’s Kawasaki motorcycle.

He collided with a Vauxhall Combo van driving in the opposite direction at around 7.50pm.

More than 150 bikers joined a memorial ride-out to mark the one year anniversary of the death of popular Clacton motorcyclist Ronnie Sheehan. Picture: NATHAN BARONI
More than 150 bikers joined a memorial ride-out to mark the one year anniversary of the death of popular Clacton motorcyclist Ronnie Sheehan. Picture: NATHAN BARONI

An inquest at Essex Coroners Court in Chelmsford later concluded his death was an accident.

Mrs Sheehan described Ronnie as ‘one in a million’ and someone who would always bring a smile to her face.

“He was a cheeky chappy,” she said.

“Everybody said that about him.”

More than 150 bikers joined a memorial ride-out to mark the one year anniversary of the death of popular Clacton motorcyclist Ronnie Sheehan. Picture: NATHAN BARONI
More than 150 bikers joined a memorial ride-out to mark the one year anniversary of the death of popular Clacton motorcyclist Ronnie Sheehan. Picture: NATHAN BARONI

“And he didn’t have a bad word to say about anyone either.

“He was just really fun and a real laugh.

“Everybody loved him.

“I didn’t want the ride-out to be a sad occasion.

More than 150 bikers joined a memorial ride-out to mark the one year anniversary of the death of popular Clacton motorcyclist Ronnie Sheehan. Picture: NATHAN BARONI
More than 150 bikers joined a memorial ride-out to mark the one year anniversary of the death of popular Clacton motorcyclist Ronnie Sheehan. Picture: NATHAN BARONI

“I wanted people to go down to the bench and take a moment to remember Ronnie and share some laughs and jokes.

“He wouldn’t have wanted everyone to be down and upset, he would have wanted them to be happy.”

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