Motorbike escort planned for mechanic’s funeral

Henry Cocker
Henry Cocker

Motorbike riders will provide an escort to the funeral of a popular mechanic.

Friends and family will say goodbye to Henry Cocker at 4pm on Thursday at Howe Bridge Crematorium.

He was so generous and everybody called him a gentleman. He was a friend for everybody

Claire Jackson

Henry, 64, spent his working life fixing vehicles and loved riding motorbikes.

He grew up in Astley and trained as a mechanic at Leigh Technical College.

He spent nine years working at two garages, before becoming workshop supervisor for the ambulance service.

He spent 25 years fixing ambulances in Leigh, Wigan and Bolton, until 2000.

Henry then set up his own business, HCC Motors, on Kirkhall Lane, Leigh.

His daughter Claire Jackson said: “He always called himself a diesel mecahnic because he liked diesel engines. He always wanted to get up to scratch with new cars that were computerised and he did his MOT certificate and kept on top of it. He loved his job.”

Having his own business meant he was free to take time off to ride his motorbike across Europe and visit his property in Spain.

Henry, of Holden Road, Leigh, was a big Leigh Centurions fan and a minute’s silence was held for him by the club on Saturday.

He loved watching other Leigh rugby teams too and was a doting grandfather to his four-year-old twin granddaughters.

Claire said: “He was a really nice guy.

“Nobody had a bad word to say against him. He was so generous and everybody called him a gentleman. He was a friend for everybody.”

Henry started feeling ill in mid-December and at the beginning of March he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

His condition deteriorated and he died at Wigan And Leigh Hospice on April 28.

Any motorbike riders wishing to join the escort should meet at Sankey Monks Funeral Directors, on Hope Street, at 3.15pm on Thursday.