Michael's funeral will be held at Burnside City Uniting Church (formerly known as Tusmore Park Uniting Church), located on Barr Smith Avenue, Tusmore, on Wednesday March 30th at 12:00. For those who wish to see Michael, viewing is 11:25 - 11:45 that morning.
Michaels family would also like all of Michaels cycling friends to share lunch with them in the adjacent hall after the funeral, where they would like to meet and get to know as many of us as possible. The family have been overwhelmed by the support extended to the family by the cycling community and that they see we give to each other.
They would also love six of us to be pall bearers when the coffin is carried from the church to the hearse at the end of the lunch, and if there are sufficient of us that can stay, they would be delighted if we could form a guard of honour while the coffin is being carried. Michael will be buried in his favourite gear, and they stress that as long as we are comfortable with the idea, they would prefer us in our gear (the church is carpeted for those concerned about cleats, but otherwise running shoes would do).
Where in a traditional 'Guard of Honour' the soldiers stand on either side, holding their rifles crossed over the path the coffin takes, we could (and again the emphasis is if we are comfortable with the idea) use our bikes, lined with us along the path (in discussing this with Michael's mother Pam, she expressed delight at the idea if we could do it).
This invitation is open to all of us, and I think from Tuesday night's turnout (the family were very touched to be there with us all), we could find the numbers to make this happen for Michael and his family. There is of course the time commitment of staying till after the lunch. To give a rough idea of time-frame, the funeral is expected to finish around 13:00 - 13:10, with lunch taking approximately an hour. Therefore the pall bearers (and Guard of Honour if we have the numbers) would be needed around 14:00 - 14:30, from the church and shortly after at St Martin's Cemetery on the corner of Lower North East and Gorge Roads Paradise (although if we cannot make it there, the family will of course step in).
To quote Pam, "It depends how many of your friends/cyclists are willing and able to be there and do this for us. We would feel very privileged if it can be arranged".
Therefore, could every one who can do this, please let me know as soon as possible so that everything can be coordinated (and let me know re being in your gear, and wether your preference is pall bearer or 'Guard of Honour').