Partner’s sad farewell to bikers’ ‘guardian angel’

The Funeral of Dr John Hinds took place at St Patrick's Church in Portaferry: 'Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
The Funeral of Dr John Hinds took place at St Patrick's Church in Portaferry: 'Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

The partner of a Northern Ireland motorcycle racing doctor who died in a crash has said he will own her heart forever.

Dr John Hinds was fatally injured while providing medical cover at a Skerries 100 practice session in Dublin last Friday.

His funeral was held at St Patrick’s Church in Portaferry, Co Down, and his partner Janet paid tribute.

She said: “My quiet man who will own my heart forever.

“He radiated grace from the heart and peace from the soul.”

During the service Fr Michael Hinds, a cousin of Dr Hinds, said: “Having fought hard for life until the end, in his typically unassuming and unaffected fashion John – our flying doc, the bikers’ guardian angel – slipped gently into eternity”.

Fr Hinds added: “And so we remember too in gratitude that it was that brilliant mind together with his skilled medical hands that perpetuated life for so many others, that did so much good, without seeking reward or praise in return.”