THE sudden death of Knaresborough man Bruce Cartwright on Sunday, November 27, has saddened many people from the town.
Bruce, aged 53, had lived in Knaresborough for 35 years, having moved to the area from Warrington when he was 16. He had been married to his wife, Suzy, for 25 years and the pair used to regularly enjoy going to motorbike race meetings along with friends they had met at The Grotto, a coffee bar which used to be on the bus station site.
Bruce took part in side-car race meetings throughout the early 70s in the North of England and his racing outfit, Tri Star, was known to many. He participated at club level and regularly raced with Mick Stiano as his passenger.
Well known through his window cleaning business which he had run for the last 15 years, Bruce worked not only in Knaresborough but also in Harrogate, Pannal and Kirkby Overblow. Before setting up in business, Bruce worked in the building industry.
He was a very popular character who enjoyed the odd tipple and loved socialising with the locals. Much liked by everyone, Bruce had a great sense of humour, was very witty and loved a joke.
Bruce leaves his wife Suzy, children Frazer, 19, Rachel, 18, and Brett, 17, his parents Alf and Charlotte Cartwright, brother Paul, sister Charlotte, nephews Martin and Nathan, and Jack, the dog.
l The funeral was held on Monday, December 5, at St John’s Church, followed by burial at Knaresborough Cemetery. A collection of more than 500 was taken, with half going to St John’s Church and the remainder going towards a memorial bench in Bruce’s memory to be placed in the cemetery grounds.