DEVASTATED pals of a Renfrew biker killed in a tragic crash in the Highlands will pay tribute to their friend with a final ride out ahead of his funeral.
Dad-of-two Ewan Smith, 48, died after his motorbike hit a bus in the near Invergarry last Wednesday.
Emergency services rushed to the scene at the A82 at Laggan Lochs, but Ewan was sadly pronounced dead shortly after the crash.
‘Kip’, as he was fondly known, will be remembered as a “proud dad and a great friend” by those close to him.
He leaves behind his wife Marie and sons Fraser and Luke.
Ride On Motorcycles based in Glasgow, has announced that the shop which Ewan often visited will help stage the final ride next week.
The store posted on its Facebook page: “To all our customers and friends it’s with a heavy heart that I’m announcing the passing of a very good friend of the shop.
“His family would like as many bikers to join him on his last ride.”
Ewan’s funeral service will be at Woodside Crematorium in Paisley on Monday, April 24 at 11am.
Those who are riding a bike are asked to meet at Renfrew Town Hall for 10.15am to leave at 10.30am.
Everyone is welcome to join the family to share stories about Ewan at the Glynhill Hotel on Paisley Road afterwards.
Since the devastating accident tributes have poured in on social media from those close to him.
Good friend Bobby Motherwell posted: “Ewan was wonderful guy who will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him.
“He was a gem of a man who loved his boys and Marie with all of his heart.
“He was a proud dad and a great friend, I still can’t quite take it in.
“You are one in a million bud.”
Former classmates and those in the community have also expressed their sadness at the loss of the popular Renfrew man online.
Elaine Robertson said: “Thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends in Renfrew, he was in my year at school. RIP Ewan.”
Debbie Gray wrote: “So gutted Ewan was just a wonderful person, we will miss you so much.”
Elaine Marrs said: “Horrendous and awful what’s happened, so sad and surreal. My heart goes out to Marie, Fraser, Luke and all his family.”
Jo Johnstone added: “You’ll be sorely missed by your family and friends in Renfrew. RIP Ewan.”