Jon Sandercock

It is my sad duty to notify forum visitors of the tragic death of DOC member Jon Sandercock, who was killed in an accident on his way home from Thruxton BSB on Sunday (yesterday).
Jon didn’t go in for internet based forums and new technology stuff, so will not be known to all, and indeed I really only got to know Jon during TT week in 2008, where he shared my apartment with a bunch of DOC members. During the week he proved himself to be a really nice bloke, who never had a bad word to say about anyone. He was due to be coming with our party again next week, and the news of his death will be a blow to all who looked forward to his jovial company.
I’m sure I speak for all in offering sincere condolences to his parents and four sisters, who will miss him far more than anyone else. I have asked his mate Roderick to keep me up to date on funeral arrangements, and if they are received before I go to the Isle of Man on Friday, I will pass details on here so that those who wish to attend can be there.
RIP Jon. We’ll have a few to your memory next week.

Cheers jon.

Jon is second from Right next to Steve, biggest grin.

Chris Calton has spoken to Jon’s father and has details of the funeral.

The funeral is arranged for 12pm on Saturday 13th June at Offwell Church, Nr. Honiton, Devon.

He tells me that the undertaker will be very happy for a cavalcade of bikes to escort the hearse from the chapel of rest in Honiton to Offwell. If anyone is planning on attending and/or riding can they please let Chris know asap so that he can make the arrangements. You can get hold of Chris on 07816371857. Jon was an incredibly popular guy and it would be great to think that we could give him a proper send off.

Operation Brad – family pay tribute to Devon motorcyclist who died in
A303 collision

The family of a motorcyclist from Devon who died in a collision on an
A303 link road near Andover have paid tribute to their ‘devoted dad,
loving son and wonderful brother.’

Police are continuing to appeal for information about what happened to
Jonathan Sandercock, who died on Sunday, May 31 after spending the
afternoon at a British Superbikes event at Thruxton.

At around 6.25pm, the 46-year-old lost control of his red Ducati
motorcycle and collided with a bridge parapet under the A303 at Thruxton

In a statement, his family said: “Jon was a devoted dad to Juliet, a
caring and loving son to Jenny and Brian, and a wonderful brother to
Kate, Tina, Lindsey and Peta.

“He died doing what he loved: riding his 916sp Ducati.

“Jon developed a lifelong passion for motorbikes in his teens and since
then he had owned and ridden many motorbikes. In recent years, he joined
the Ducati club and gradually became the owner of a red Ducati 916, a
blue Ducati 750 Paso, a red Ducati 750 Paso, and a grey Ducati 900 ss.
He loved to ride his machines and also spent countless hours servicing
and rebuilding them in his garage at home in East Worlington, near
Crediton, Devon.

“Although he was taken away from us long before his time, we know that
he has influenced everyone who has known him in a way that will stay
with them for the rest of their lives. As dads, sons, brothers, uncles,
and friends go, he really was very special. Sleep well Jon. We will miss
you forever.”

PC Paul White from Hampshire Constabulary’s Roads Policing Unit said:
“The red Ducati Mr Sandercock was riding was very distinctive and may
have been noticed by a lot of people at the Superbikes event.

“I’d really like to hear from anyone who was with him or saw him at
Thruxton so we can piece together what happened leading up to the collision.

“I also believe that there are a number of witnesses who saw the bike
leaving the circuit before it crashed or who saw the crash but haven’t
yet come forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC White at the Whitchurch
Roads Policing Unit, quoting Operation Brad, on 0845 045 45 45 or the
anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

I was one of the bikers on the scene and my heart is warm that Jon had so many friends and people that loved and cared for him. I was with Jon for the last moments and I was looking into his eyes, but, he wasn’t really with us… We were trying to save him but the impact had been so bad that I was dragging debris from underneath him so we could lay him flat to administer aid.

I’m an ex paratrooper that’s never forgotten how me and others tried to save Jons life that afternoon and I would like you to know that as far as I 'm concerned, Jon was at peace, and was sleeping when the BSB Doc arrived and made the sad decision that Jon wouldn’t be around any longer.

I hope this helps for people to know that he wasn’t overtly in intense pain before he departed…

RIP Jon, I didn’t know you, but I will never forget you.

…and thanks for posting that it was very good of you, it moved my wife to tears as she remembered a good friend.
I’m the chap who was sitting on the right of Jon in the pic’ in the previous post.
I posted an Obiturary to Jon on the forum that was also published in the club mag’ Desmo, he’s still very much missed in our home especially on nice sunny Sundays (like yesterday) when he would often turn up at our home.
The picture of him along with me and his then new friends was taken at the IOM TT.
I sadly missed the funeral as I was once again at the TT, but at the exact time of the funeral I raised a pint to Jon at the pub that we’d spent our last day together on that holiday.
Jon had been at my home planning our next TT trip the day before he died, we were to travel up together the following Friday.

I’ll be over for the TT again this year and should any club member wish to join me in a few moments silence and then to raise a pint in Jon’s memory, I’ll be at the Glue Pot in Castletown at midday on the last Saturday of race week.

I find it hard to believe that almost 2 years have passed since Jon’s passing he’s gone but he’s not forgetten in our home, our little girls still treasure the shiney coins that ‘Uncle Cornish’ gave them on his last visit and my wife still listens out for the sound of his bike coming up the lane on a sunny day.
There really wasn’t a bad bone in the mans body…

Steve R