A convoy of motorbikers rumbled through Sheffield’s streets in a final send-off for their friend and fellow biker Ted Cain.
‘Big Ted’ was a popular city man, well-known for his haulage and scrap metal business on Tinsley Park Road as well as in the biking community.
The classic bike enthusiast was buried yesterday in a custom-made coffin with a ‘Big Ted’ personalised number plate and a Bentley sign on the lid in honour of his beloved Bentley car.
His widow, Norma, of Loxley Road, Loxley, said: “He was a very, very special man. He was very clever, had a big heart and was ready to help anyone and put everyone else first.”
Ted was born in Sheffield in 1946 and grew up in the Darnall area.
After leaving school he worked as a coal miner before setting up his own scrap metal business, Ted Cain Scrap Metal Merchants.
He met Norma in 1970 and they were married in 1976 at Sheffield Registry Office. They had two children, Karen, now aged 42, and Amanda, aged 34.
When his scrap metal business was up and running, Ted borrowed £60 from his mum to buy a lorry. This was the beginning of the haulage side of his business.
Outside of work, Ted was motorbike mad and raced Yamahas at such venues as Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire and Oliver’s Mount in Scarborough.
At the age of 42, Ted had a heart attack. He suffered another four years later and at this point chose to close his business.
He spent his later years collecting antiques, bird watching, and taking care of his classic motorbikes.
He died of kidney cancer aged 69 on March 25 and his funeral was held at Grenoside North Chapel before burial at Wisewood Cemetery. A convoy of bikers escorted his coffin to the funeral service from his Loxley home.
He leaves many family members including children Gary and Michelle from a previous relationship, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.