End of the road for Doncaster cycling enthusiast

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The funeral has taken place of a man who sold bikes in Doncaster for most of his life.

Cycle shop owner Tony Smith died at his home in Bawtry Road, Bessacarr, last month at the age of 87.

His widow Barbara said: “Tony carried on cycling after he retired because that was his main hobby. He used to love being out on the bike but he couldn’t get me to go with him! He used to say we could get a tandem but I told him we’d go out on it as a married couple and come back divorced!”

Tony was a lifelong cycling enthusiast, and his father, Harold, set up the well-known HO Smith cycle shop in Copley Road before the Second World War.

When Tony left school towards the end of the war he wanted to join the Royal Air Force but instead was allocated to work in a colliery as a Bevin Boy.

Fortunately one of his father’s customers in the RAF was able to pull a few strings and get him transferred, but after completing his service he took over the shop because of his father’s illness.

Tony had helped to run the shop while he was still at school because of his dad’s ill health.

After the war HO Smith’s built up a reputation as one of the main suppliers of quality cycles and accessories in the town centre, with their main competition coming from Barker and Wigfall on Princes Street and Francis’ on Nether Hall Road.

Tony retired around 1980 and the business was taken over, but closed shortly afterwards.

Those attending the Rose Hill Crematorium funeral were asked to provide donations to the St John’s Hospice Appeal.