Gavin Ramsay dies doing what he loved – family speaks

Gavin Ramsay at the Zwartkops Raceway where he placed first overall last week. Photo taken by Shirley Pinkerton, a close family friend.

Gavin was participating in his second race of the day, the Passion for Speed, International Isle of Man TT race, when his motorcycle skidded on an oil spill caused by a motorcycle that had crashed moments before.

Gavin collided with the first motorcycle and died on the scene.

He placed fifth in the first race on Saturday, but the rest of the day’s racing was cancelled after the tragedy.

His wife of 22 years, Debbie (45), who was present at the race, says he was a fantastic husband, father and friend.

The race on Saturday was the second leg of the Isle of Man TT race. The first took place last week at Zwartkops Raceway, where Gavin placed first overall.

One of his best friends and racing teammates, Iain Pinkerton, also took part in the race in which Gavin died.

“My dad was part of the Springbok racers who raced against Scottish racers,” says Samantha (21), Gavin’s daughter.

Gavin’s son Luke (17) is currently in matric at Springs Boys’ High School.

“We have an entire room full of his trophies and accomplishments. He was a five-time South African champion, had Springbok colours in motorcycling and played SA masters squash,” Samantha says.

The two women became emotional when they spoke about how humble Gavin was.

“He always helped other people, always.

“He didn’t even know he was famous,” Samantha says.

She adds that racing is in the family’s blood, as Gavin’s father, Derek Ramsay’s ashes were strewn at the Kyalami racetrack.

Gavin was part of the Springs Wheelers as well as the Springs Squash Club.

“Our roots are deep in Springs,” says Debbie.

Wendy Murphy, a close friend of the family, says, “He was a real idol, a true hero and someone you could always look up to.”

Gavin leaves behind his wife, Debbie, his two children Samantha and Luke, his mother Olive Botha, sister Jenny Joubert and brother, Mike.

The family is busy arranging a memorial service in celebration of Gavin’s life, which will take place on Friday at the Riverside Country Estate, Haasbroek Road at 2pm.

A Facebook page, Tribute to Gavin Ramsay, has been created in Gavin’s memory. More information can be found on that page.

Also read: Reports of Gavin Ramsay’s death

Bigger class motorcycle awaits the NSF 100 champion

  AUTHOR
Izahn Krige
DIGITAL JOURNALIST

Latest News

COMMENTS

Top

Thanks for your referral. We have no doubt your friends will love our newsletter as much as you!

Don't forget to verify your email.

to our FREE newsletter
SUBSCRIBE to our FREE newsletter.




SELECT your titles:

African Reporter
Benoni City Times
Boksburg Advertiser
Brakpan Herald
Germiston City News
Springs Advertiser
Tembisan


Get regular news updates sent directly to your inbox.

Your source of local breaking news and trending stories from across the country.

Be a part of our growing community

1MILFacebook Fans
98KTwitter Followers
5MILMonthly Readers
12MILArticles Published Every Month
72Local Community Websites
CLICK HERETo view an example of our newsletter

SUBSCRIBE to our FREE newsletter

SELECT your titles:

African Reporter
Benoni City Times
Boksburg Advertiser
Brakpan Herald
Germiston City News
Springs Advertiser
Tembisan

Get regular news updates sent directly to you inbox.

Your source of local breaking news and trending stories from across the country.

Be a part of our growing community

Subscribe Here
1MILFacebook Fans
98KTwitter Followers
5MILMonthly Readers
12MILArticles Published Every Month
72Local Community Websites
Your details:


Your friends: