Bike tribute to teen rider
PUBLISHED: 17:46 02 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:56 23 August 2010
FRIENDS of a teenager who died when he crashed his moped paid tribute to him by riding in convey to his funeral. Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of Jamie Gooda, 17, at St George s Church, Gravesend, last Friday. The former Meopham School pupil
FRIENDS of a teenager who died when he crashed his moped paid tribute to him by riding in convey to his funeral.
Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of Jamie Gooda, 17, at St George's Church, Gravesend, last Friday.
The former Meopham School pupil, of Wilberforce Way, Gravesend, was killed when he crashed on the A2 at Watling Street, Singlewell, on June 13.
More than 50 mopeds followed the hearse, beeping horns, as it made its way from the family home through the town centre to the church.
Devastated friends and family laid flowers outside the packed church, and mourners wore baby blue, Mr Gooda's favourite colour.
Since his death hundreds have payed tribute to the teen on an internet site with more being added every day.
One from his father Mark Gooda reads: "My best memory of Jamie was when he was born and I held him in my arms for the first time, you made us so proud.
"We know we made a good job bringing you up because you touched so many people's hearts and made so many people laugh. God bless you son, your ever loving dad."
During the service his coffin, sprayed blue with motorbike designs, was carried into the church along with his moped and helmet, which was wheeled to the front. Tributes were paid by a former work colleague, and one of his friends sang a song dedicated to him.
Bobby Valentino's You and Me was played and his coffin was carried out to the George Thorogood song, Bad to the Bone.
Nicknamed Lil Gooda, the former Meopham School student was never seen without his trademark Nike baseball cap. He had worked at High Cross MOT Ltd, in Highcross Road, Southfleet, for a year.
Flowers and banners continue to be left at the scene of the accident.
To pay your own tributes to Mr Gooda visit Facebook.com and RIP Jamie Gooda gone but never forgotten.
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