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Mon 23 May - Paul Skelly RIP

This is a really tough article to write.Skells RIP 1963-12016400

Our great friend Paul Skelly passed away on Saturday whilst doing something that he loved……riding his bike……with his friends.

Anybody that met Skelly, even once, will have fallen for his soft Irish charm….Skelly had time for everyone….when Skelly was talking to you he was only taking to you and nobody else….Skelly would join in any group and make them welcome, male, female, young, old, fast, slow but always with that Skelly smile and soft Irish charm….

Skelly was one of the most driven people I have ever met and has done so much for so many people. Skelly has been with O2e since our inception and in true Skelly style in our first year, while we were all attempting humble domestic challenges, Skelly charmed 15 other people to join him, part with £2,000 of their hard earned cash and  canoe down the crocodile and hippo infested Zambezi River!

Every year Skelly has taken on new and exciting challenges. Skelly always had a plan, Skelly always had ambition to try bigger and better, Skelly was brave and backed his own self drive and pure determination……   ‘ Slatts, I may not win it but I will feckin finish  ‘ are words I heard many times……..
Last year Skelly was in O2e Team L’ Etape du Tour which was an absolute monster stage of the Tour de France, incredible everyone from Team O2e finished ( over 35% of the whole field did not finish ) , needless to say we were all in bits and happy to throw the bike in the garage for a couple of months but Skelly headed straight back out to the mountains for another week of pain……. Skelly just loved riding his bike……

There are so so many stories to tell about Skelly and every story needs to be told and shared……. Skelly will be with us in all we do…….

There are so so many songs to sing but Leaving Nancy is the song we used to sing together and was Skelly’s favourite……..

In comes the train and the whole platform shakes
It stops with a shudder and a screaming of brakes
The parting has come and my weary soul aches
I’m leaving my Nancy, oh

But you stand there so calmly determinedly gay
You talk of the weather and events of the day
And your eyes tell me all that your tongue doesn’t say
Goodbye my Nancy, oh

And come a little closer
Put your head upon my shoulder
And let me hold you one last time
Before the whistle blows

My suitcase is lifted and stowed on the train
And a thousand regrets whirl around in my brain
The ache in my heart is a black sea of pain
I’m leaving my Nancy, oh

But you stand there beside me so lovely to see
The grip of your hand is an unspoken plea
You’re not fooling yourself and you’re not fooling me
Goodbye my Nancy, oh

And come a little closer
Put your head upon my shoulder
And let me hold you one last time
Before the whistle blows

But our time has run out and the whistle has blown
Here I must leave you standing alone
We had so little time and now the time’s gone
Goodbye my Nancy, oh

And as the train starts gently to roll
And as I lean out to wave and to call
I see the first tears trickle and fall
Goodbye my Nancy, oh

And come a little closer
Put your head upon my shoulder
And let me hold you one last time
Before the whistle blows
And let me hold you one last time
Before the whistle blows


‘Spotlight on Skelly’ was meant to go out on last Friday’s update but missed the deadline. Ollie interviewed Skelly last week and is just ‘ Skelly ‘. Read It Here

O2e owes an enormous debt of gratitude to Skelly.

I know many of you will want to know funeral arrangements and I will let you know asap.
Please clean your bike, get your favourite O2e cycle jersey on and we will ride with Skelly to his resting place.
RIP Skelly our dear friend.

Slatts