Partner of Dr John Hinds leads tributes to 'quiet man' who will 'own her heart forever' as funeral takes place
The partner of Irish road racing doctor Dr John Hinds who died in a crash has led tributes calling him her "quiet man" who will own her heart forever as his funeral takes place.
Dr John Hinds' funeral took place today at St Patrick's Church, Ballyphillip Road in Portaferry at 2pm.
The remains left the home of his parents in Portaferry at 1.15pm and on the main road there was a guard of honour including personnel from emergency services and and motorcycle unions.
The hugely popular doctor was fatally injured while providing medical cover at a Skerries 100 practice session last Friday.
He was travelling behind the riders as they made their way around the course during the opening lap of the practice session when his bike crashed into a wall. An investigation into what happened is under way.
On Tuesday, bikers lined the motorway from Dublin and did a tribute lap of the Tandragee 100, as Dr Hinds' body was brought back to his family home.
The cortege was led by his partner, Dr Janet Atcheson.
Leading tributes today Dr Atcheson said in a statement: "John believed it was easier to ask for forgiveness than permission and that is how his achievements leave us in his wake.
"I urge you all today, on John' s behalf, to help us ensure that his dream of a first-class, world-leading trauma network - with a doctor-led Helicopter Emergency Medical Service at its core - becomes a reality, so that it can start saving lives on our doorsteps.
"There has been much made of John's age (35) but as he used to say to me, with his infectious sense of humour, 'age doesn't matter unless you are a cheese'.
"John was my 'quiet man' who will own my heart forever. He radiated grace from the heart and love from the soul. Ride on in peace now Delta 7 (Doctor Hinds' call sign).”
Dr Hinds' cousin Father Michael Hinds will conduct the service and readings will be by his youngest brother Colin and Janet's eldest sister Tanya Tarry.
The eulogy will be given by Dr. Fred McSorley - a road-racing medic and close friend of Doctor Hinds.
After the service mourners will leave the chapel to the song Lullaby by Creed which John played to Janet every evening before they went to sleep.
The burial will take place in the adjoining cemetery which family have requested to remain private.
The guard of honour included personnel from Dublin Fire Brigade N.I. Ambulance Service, Motorcycle Union of Ireland medical teams from north and south Motorcycle Marshall’s Association from north and south.
Dr John Hinds was an anaesthetist at Craigavon Area Hospital in Co Armagh and he regularly worked at the North West 200 motorbike races in Co Antrim.