A tribute to David Eales

 

The London Cycling Campaign is deeply saddened to hear of the tragic death of one of our most active members, David Eales.

David, who was a prominent member of Ealing Cycling Campaign, passed away in hospital on Tuesday 23rd August after a short battle with illness. David was a popular and well loved local figure and a passionate advocate for cycling in Ealing and beyond. Tributes have been pouring in from people who knew and loved him within LCC and beyond.

His daughter, Joanna, said on Facebook: ''To our wonderful Dad, I really hope you know how truly loved you were. Rest in peace and be assured you will live on in all of our memories forever. Missing you with all our hearts xxxx''

Martin Gorst, Coordinator of Ealing Cycling Campaign said:

"David was the heart and soul of the cycling community in Ealing. While most of us pushed the council to make improvements, he got on and did things. He set up the London Bike Hub to offer maintenance and cycle training classes, and with his teaching and advice encouraged thousands of people to take up and keep on cycling. 

He was not only a tremendous ambassador for cycling but also a lovely guy with a warm heart and a wry sense of humour. We will miss him terribly, but his influence will live on in all the people he inspired. 

His wife Shirley and daughters Joanne and Laura can be very proud of what David achieved."

David got into cycling later in life, after advice from his doctor in a bid to help back pain, he said it completely changed his life. Soon after he become involved with Ealing Cycling Campaign and began helping and supporting other new and and existing cyclists within the borough. He set up the London Bike Hub in 2011, with a vision of embedding cycling into the community. They who work with the whole community to offer a range of services from cycle training to bike maintenance. 

David back-marking the recent Ealing feeder ride to Ride London FreeCycle in July - helping so many people safetly cycle into central London

As the Ealing Today report, cycling was a real passion for David and 'he used it to help many men, women and children onto two wheels, building novice's confidence with his gentle manner'. As such, David was voted Ealing's 'Local Hero' in 2011.

Ealing's Council Leader Julian Bell, said:

''I am deeply shocked and saddened by this terrible news. I was with David only a matter of weeks ago sharing a drink in the Wheatsheaf talking about cycling, Brexit and our families and then taking a photo with him outside the Town Hall with his cargo bikes. If ever someone was irreplaceable it is David. He gave so much to the community and his commitment to cycling was unmatched. I am so sorry to know he is no longer with us. My deepest and sincere condolences to all the Eales family and his many friends. Rest in peace my friend.''

All the staff and trustees of the London Cycling Campaign would like to send our deepest condolences to David's family and friends, especially his wife and two daughters. David will be dearly missed, and all of us within the LCC family will remember him fondly. His contribution and dedication to cycling in London will leave a lasting legacy, which won't be forgotten.