FIVE hundred people gathered at his funeral last Thursday to mourn the tragic loss of Longridge father of three, Nick Cowell.
A much-loved husband, son and brother and a popular local businessman Nick, who was 40, died when his motorbike was in a head-on collision with another bike on May 23.
In strong community support for his devastated families in Longridge and Grimsargh, 350 filled St Lawrence's Church for the service which was relayed to more than 150 paying their tributes outside the church.
Everyone's deep sense of shock and disbelief was underlined by Longridge vicar the Rev David Anderson in his address. He said "Nick was someone who was so full of life and love and, as shown by the number of people here today, he meant so much to so many people,"
The moving service's hymns were chosen by his young daughters, Ellie, Lauren and Rebecca, whose memories of their dad were included in the final stages of Mr Anderson's address. Nick's wife's godmother Kathleen Haddock's reading of the poem 'My Dad' was followed by another special poem 'Memories of a Brother' by Anthony Cowell. Family friend Lawrence Ingham gave the reading and the prayers were led by the head teachers of Longridge CE Primary and High schools, Michael Collins and Jane Green.
In his address, Mr Anderson looked back at a full life with Nick's birth to proud parents Philip and Nellie, schooling at Grimsargh St Michael's primary with brothers Anthony and Michael where his mother taught, and then on to Longridge High School. A love of music saw him joining Grimsargh church choir and the Longridge Band, he became a Young Farmer, joined the Cubs and Scouts, and was proud of his time as a Special Constable. He had a passion for swimming - at which he coached his daughters and members of Clitheroe Dolphins - as well as for motor biking which he enjoyed and carried out with meticulous safety for 23 years.
He met Kath during his school years, they married at Whitechapel St James Church and in 1998 set up Cowell Electricals together, building it into a successful business both locally, further afield and in London. Kath survives him, together with his three daughters, his parents and his brothers.
Committal in St Lawrence's churchyard followed the service and there was then a reception at the Corporation Arms,
• North Yorkshire police have named the other biker in the fatal accident as Anthony Samuel Moore, 33. from Halifax. The inquests were opened and adjourned on Wednesday, May 26.