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Submitted by on July 6, 2017 – 4:46 pm7 Comments

Ges at an adapted bikes event, 2 years ago.

We received the terrible news last weekend that Ges Ellis, who has run our Bike Hire for the past 8 years, has passed away aged 58. If you’ve ever hired a bike from us you’re very likely to remember Ges as a really genuine, happy person who always had a great selection of biscuits and a cryptic crossword on the go. Customers absolutely loved him – he was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable, and always laughing and joking. Ges was a complete joy to work with – one of those rare people where no one ever had a bad word to say about him (and whose jokes were genuinely funny).

He will be sorely missed by everyone here at the Forest Centre – not only for his contribution to our bike hire over the years, but as a great friend and colleague, with a great sense of humour. We want to send our deepest sympathies to his wife Debbie, his three children, and little Oscar, his grandson.

We’ll miss you Ges.





  • Antonia Johnson says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Blessings to the family.

  • Tracey says:

    Im so shocked and upset. He always helped my disabled son. Always happy, he will be so missed. condolences to his family

  • Ncky says:

    Will miss his smiling face and my dog will miss his Sunday treats which Ges was always happy to give. My condolences to his family.

  • Liam says:

    My dogs loved visiting him as he had time for every dog and biscuits always ready. My Husky Alle will miss him the most
    a great man and always helpful with bike problems.

  • Zena Herbert says:

    Very sorry to hear of his passing. Condolences to his family.

  • Deena Gill says:

    This is such sad news. When I hired a bike, I needed a bike seat/carrier for my children. He was really helpful and let me try the children in first etc. I ambitiously took 2 small children on a bike ride and 10 mins in, my youngest was crying so I turned back and returned the bike. Ges made sure I got a full refund and he was really kind. He had a little chat with the children and tried to cheer my son up! Seemed like a lovely man. RIP.

  • Lorraine Kemp says:

    So very shocked and sad about this, he shouldn’t have gone yet.
    I’m not sure another person is going to cope so well with our family. 3 women, an eight year old, a five year old, a four year old and 3 year old twins hiring bikes and carriages. He valiantly sorted us out, finding bikes the perfect size for us and strapping the twins into carriages while they were screaming their heads off.
    Then there was the day we had to get all the bikes and carriages past the flood and ended up covered in mud. He not only hosed the bikes down but all of our footwear as well. And he didn’t even sigh. He smiled.

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