Tributes to ‘loved and respected’ Hellesdon father of four killed in motocross accident

Simon Jarvis

Simon Jarvis - Credit: Archant

Tributes have been paid in memory of devoted family man and dedicated rider Simon Jarvis – who lost his life in an accident at Hockham Motocross Track.

Simon Jarvis in motocross action

Simon Jarvis in motocross action - Credit: Archant

The 48-year-old father of four from Hellesdon came off his bike during an event held by Norfolk and Suffolk Junior Motorcycle Club on August 7.

Life-saving medical procedures were carried out before Mr Jarvis was airlifted to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, where he later died. He leaves partner Nichola, their children Haydon, 21, Kirby, 19, Regan 16, Finley, 13, parents John and Christine, and brother Mark.

The former Hellesdon High School pupil had a passion for motorbikes from his early teens and became a motorcycle mechanic soon after leaving school.

He passed on his passion for motorbikes and motocross to all four of his children, all of whom competed, with Haydon and Finley still actively riding in competitive events.

Mr Jarvis' family said in a statement: 'Simon's love of motorbikes led him to having a successful career as a Moto GP mechanic, allowing him to meet his track heroes including Mick Doohan.

'When expecting his first child Simon wanted to spend more time with his family and so changed career and retrained as an electrician. Simon was as meticulous in this work as with everything in his life.

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'The family are absolutely devastated by what has happened and wish to thank all those who have offered their heartfelt support during this difficult time.'

Breckland Council has confirmed that a health and safety investigation is under way.

A spokesman said 'We have been made aware of a fatality at a racing circuit in Wretham, which we are investigating to see whether there are any workplace health and safety issues related to this incident. As this work is ongoing, we are unable to comment further at this time.'

An inquest has been opened and adjourned pending the outcome of the investigation.

The funeral will be held at the Norwich St Faiths Crematorium on Tuesday, August 30, at 1.15pm. All those who knew Simon are welcome to attend. Donations can be made to the St John Ambulance and the East Anglian Air Ambulance, via Allcocks Funeral Directors.