A procession of scooters will lead the hearse carrying Steve Woollas to a funeral at St Wulfram’s Church next week, a fitting reminder of his biggest passion.
Scooter-mad Steve, a father-of-three who was tragically killed in an industrial accident last week, would have been “honoured” to have such a send-off, said his mother Sue.
Steve died aged 49 shortly after beginning his working day at Vacu-Lug last Wednesday, where he was a forklift truck driver. Investigations are ongoing by Lincolnshire Police and the Health and Safety Executive into what happened.
Mrs Woollas, of Pasture Close, Grantham, paid tribute to “the best son you could wish for”.
She said: “He had a great personality, brilliant sense of humour and was always ready for a laugh. He was the life and soul of any party and everyone loved him.”
Well-known on the mod scene, Steve was the founder of the Grantham Daytrippers Scooter Club, and easily recognisable aboard his treasured blue Lambretta, “his passion”.
As such, around 25 Grantham Daytrippers will lead the procession on Wednesday to the church, which is expected to be packed with mourners.
Mrs Woollas, 76, said: “He would be so honoured to know everyone was doing this. I feel so appreciative that all his friends thought so much of him. I’d like to thank his friends for their friendship to him, and thank everyone for their many messages.”
Many friends and colleagues paid their respects to Steve on the day of the accident by going for a drink at “his pub”, The Nobody Inn.
Steve, who lived in Harrowby Road, also leaves his three children, Leon, Emily and Jack, granddaughter Gracie-Mae and sister Alison.
As well as his love for scooters, he was an avid Arsenal fan since the age of 10 and enjoyed socialising. Patriotic, he loved his country and his hometown, and would always celebrate St George’s Day.
He went to St Anne’s School, St Hugh’s and Grantham College, before setting off into the world of work with a job at Chandlers of Westgate, a store at which he was manager of the Calor gas department. He went on to take a variety of jobs, as a man who could “sell a bald man a hairbrush”, working at roofing firms, Brake Bros, Genie and Padley’s.
But it was when he joined Vacu-Lug four years ago that he found a job he loved, said Mrs Woollas.
She added: “He was happy there and loved the employees. He had so many friends there. He was quite lucky to get the job as 250 people applied and he got it.”
l The funeral will take place at St Wulfram’s Church at 1.30pm on Wednesday. A cremation service in front of family and close friends will follow. A celebration of Steve’s life will take place that evening at Chameleon Music Bar, High Street. All are welcome. Donations to the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance are welcome.