‘He still had a lot to live for’ - family pays emotional tribute to Hellesdon cyclist killed in crash
PUBLISHED: 16:34 25 June 2018 | UPDATED: 16:58 25 June 2018
A popular cyclist who was killed in a crash has been described as an “amazing, inspirational man and a brilliant soul who touched many hearts” by his devastated family.
Sze-Ming Cheung, 44, was cycling on Reepham Road in Swannington, near Reepham, when he was involved in a crash with a grey Nissan Navara.
Sze-Ming, a well-known runner, cyclist, swimmer and triathlete, had been training for an iron man race in Italy on a bike he had built when he was killed in the crash on June 7.
His family including brother, Jack, 42, who lives at Gowing Road, Hellesdon with his brother, Dick, also 42, and mother Wai-Hing, 70, described Sze-Ming as a “role model” and an “inspiration”.
He said: “It was a massive shock. We just couldn’t believe it and still can’t believe it to this day.
“We’re really devastated. He’s been taken away from us too soon. He loved life, was full of life and still had a lot to live for.
“If we went up to him for advice he was always there. He was very friendly and just an all round nice guy.”
Dick said: “He was very inspirational in our lives. As a big brother we always looked up to him. He was just a wonderful brother to us and we will never forget him.”
Sze-Ming, a former Hellesdon High School pupil, who lived at Drayton Wood Road, worked at Norwich Union before completing a business studies degree at the University of Bradford. He put his knowledge to good use, first at the family-run Chung Hing Chinese restaurant on Reepham Road before taking on the neighbouring chip shop which was renamed Caseys in honour of his father Kam who died in 2002.
Sze-Ming, who also loved going to gigs, rebranded the restaurant and developed one of the first ever online take-away delivery services in Norwich.
Jack said: “He was an innovator. He was always one step ahead.”
•A funeral service will take place at St Faith’s Crematorium at 3.30pm on June 27.
•The driver of the car, a 55-year-old from the Reepham area, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and has since been released under investigation.