n Family say Rugby cyclist, 82, was ‘never one to watch life go by’

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A “BEAUTIFUL eccentric” has died while taking part in the sport he loved.

Hillmorton man Ken Rushall, 82, was killed when he struck the back of a parked lorry on Straight Mile near the A45 junction last Tuesday at 7.15pm.

He had been a member of Rugby Racing Cycling Club for many years and was competing in a Rugby Velo ten mile time-trial at the time of the accident.

His son has now spoken about the family’s loss - and Ken’s attitude to life.

Mark Rushall, 53, said: “Dad was enormously loved and respected, not only by us, but also by his wider family of cyclists and sailors.

“We are devastated to lose Dad in this way, but we are also extremely proud that at 82 he was supremely fit, doing the sport he loved and cycling more competitive times than when he was in his 20s.

“As a close family friend has said to us, Ken was one of life’s beautiful eccentrics who carried on doing what he enjoyed right to the end.”

Mark added: “He was never going to end life in an old folks’ home watching life go by.”

Two ambulances and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene of the accident, which took place close to the Blooms Garden Centre near Dunchurch.

Ken had been a cyclist all his life and had even found ways to compete when posted to the Middle East during his National Service.

He was known to be game for anything and had tried sailing, skiing and ice skating.

Ken, of Morson Close, had been a long-time member of the Rugby Racing Cycling Club and was also part of the Rugby Velo Club.

Laurie Bird, treasurer at Rugby RCC, said: “I was stunned to hear the news - it’s really quite devastating.

“Ken was the fittest 80-year-old I have ever known. He was a quiet man, but very popular.”

Laurie said the devoted cyclist had lots of friends and was highly respected by everyone who knew him.

“He was extremely fit and was still capable of beating people a lot younger than himself.” added Laurie.

Officers from Warwickshire Police would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision or saw either a yellow Mercedes Benz, a white lorry or a pedal cyclist travelling towards the crash scene, telephone 01926 415000, voicemail 10928.

Ken’s funeral takes place at Oakley Wood Crematorium, Bishops Tachbrook, at 11.15am on Wednseday, June 15.

Everyone is welcome to come to the ceremony.