A CAVALCADE of more than 50 bikers will lead the funeral procession for big-hearted businessman Jerry Daniell, who was killed in a collision between his motorbike and a car.
Hundreds are expected to attend the funeral on Friday in memory of the well-known 53-year-old father of two who died when his black Yamaha V-Max motorcycle collided with a red Mercedes B180 outside Milber Service Station on Shaldon Road near Penn Inn, Newton Abbot, last month.
The funeral cortege will leave Jerry's home in Parkhill Road, Torquay, and meet up with the motorbikes at the Princess Theatre.
Traffic will come to a standstill as the cavalcade follows the hearse at walking pace along the seafront before heading to a service at Cockington Church at 11am.
Funeral directors are setting up a public address system because so many people are expected at the church which only holds 200.
Jerry's partner Catherine Brophy said the church would be full to overflowing for the popular and successful Torquay man who ran a thriving business in Newton Abbot.
"When he was younger he belonged to a biking group and all of his friends are going to form a procession with probably about 50 bikes behind his hearse along the seafront," she said.
Jerry leaves two sons Brock and Tighe and sisters Sue and Heidi.
"He has left a void in so many lives," Catherine said. "He wasn't just my Jerry. He was everybody's backbone and lots of people feel that without him our backbone has crumbled."
"His company Teign Metal Finishes employed over 20 people at Newton Abbot and those people were more friends than employees. A lot of them had worked with him for more than 20 years."
An inquest opening has been told a car pulled out from Milber Garage forecourt directly into Jerry's path. He was thrown from his motorcycle and suffered an unsurvivable head injury. He died on Friday, September 23. A full inquest will be heard at a later date.
Police inquiries are ongoing. A 68-year-old man from Newton Abbot had been arrested for failing to provide a breath test and on suspicion of driving without due care and attention. He has been bailed until Friday pending further inquiries.