TRIBUTES have been paid to a well-known motorcycle enthusiast who has died after a short illness.
Roy Bolton, 60, died at his home in Rhosrobin, Wrexham, on Tuesday having been diagnosed with cancer last year.
Mr Bolton was born in Cefn Mawr and got his first motorcycle at the age of 10.
In 2009, he realised his ‘dream’ by opening Wrexham Motorcycle Centre in Rhosrobin, which he ran with his wife Joy.
Mrs Bolton led the tributes, describing her husband as an ‘honest and hard-working’ man with a ‘passion for bikes’.
“What you saw is what you got with Roy,” she said.
“He was very honest and hard-working. He’d always talk to you if you had a problem and then he would fix it.
“His biggest passion in life was his bikes – and when he opened the shop in 2009, it was his dream come true.
“He’s done all sorts of motorbike races – endurance racing, sidecar races, everything really – he loved motorcycling.”
The couple met at a Meatloaf concert in 1994, and Mrs Bolton added that it was one of many ‘happy memories’ she would look back on with great fondness.
Barry Thomas, 68, from Cefn Mawr, who had known Mr Bolton for more than 45 years, said he was a ‘real character’ who loved his bikes.
“We had some fantastic times together doing sidecar racing, he was a first-class bloke,” he said.
“We took part in the Tour of North Wales event and came away with the bronze medal – but mostly, we just had a great time.
“One time, we went to Anglesey for the Silverbay rally. A helicopter landed across the field from us so we cycled over.
“When we got there Roy just jumped in the chopper and it took off. He was flying above us waving out the window.
“A minute later it landed and the pilot was fuming. He’d been there to pick up a photographer and Roy had just got in for a ride.
“But that was Roy. He was game for a laugh and a real character.
“He’d always wanted to open his own shop and it is just a shame he hasn’t had more time with it. But he’s left a good business there and I’m sure it’ll continue to do well.”
Bob Gray, who owns the motorcycle store premises, said Mr Bolton will be ‘fondly remembered’.
“I’ve only known Roy for the past 12 months but he was a really good man,” he said.
“He will be fondly remembered, most notably by the motorbike community in Wrexham.
“He was very knowledgable on bikes, a real enthusiast.”