Nick Leeming - A Memorial Cycle Ride

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On 16th February 2021, we lost our friend and colleague Nick Leeming to Covid-19. We remember Nick and how he brought so much joy and fun into our lives. So how would you sum up Nick? Dedicated? Intelligent? Tenacious? Opinionated? Tough? Softie? Caring? Lovable?

The truth is you could not, because he was all of these things, and that is why we loved him.

In honour of Nick, we are cycling from Glasgow to Edinburgh on 19th September 2021.

Nick had much input into Scottish Canals projects, so we are riding on the towpaths following the canal passing many of the locations in which Nick project managed.

About Nick
Nick joined the company back in January 2008 as a Design Engineer and progressed through the company to be a project manager leading several of our largest projects. He has shaped not only his projects but the company and the people he met. He was supportive, dedicated and always wanted to help and mentor anyone who needed advice. Nick worked hard on all of his projects, both large and small, in his own inimitable style, you could always tell it was one of Nick’s Projects by his ability to see even the smallest of details which he ensured was done the Nick way. He loved to share his knowledge and experience and was never too busy to stop and help.

The combination of his strong character, personality and brilliant sense of humour put you at ease. Many who knew Nick, knew how he loved a debate, and sometimes would even start a debate for the enjoyment of the exchange and knowing that he was wrong. Some would call it arguing but with Nick involved there was never a raised voice, there was always passion and always banter, and would always close with one of those Nick smiles and a pat on the back. His huge personality will always stay with us.

Through many stories we have exchanged about Nick, his commitment to everything he did is always top of the list. His allotment was also in so many stories, from the tomatoes, pasta sauces, how he struggled with potatoes, but marrows were amazing. One of the things that we remember so much about Nick is his passion for his family and the stories of his weekend antics, from unsuccessful driving lessons with his daughter, the girls (and their boyfriends!) to the events of a family wedding and there was always a Vectra story thrown in!

Nick and his Vectra will always be a part of Fairfield history and was always a story that had an update, his passion was to get the much-loved Vectra up and running. From one day with his beaming smile when he got it working, to the next day when there would be another issue. But he never gave up! Nick’s skills did not stop at engineering, if anyone could make a good cup of tea it was Nick! A cup of tea would always fix everything, and you would always end up having a chat and learning some of Nick’s wisdom.

Throughout these last few months, Nick struggled with shielding from COVID-19 and in recent weeks took on the hardest battle of all trying to fight off this awful virus. Unfortunately, the virus won, however, Nick remains in our hearts and he and his family will always be a part of the Fairfield Family. He will be deeply missed and will live on in all of us, through great memories, his teachings, and his achievements.

Nick was a Gentle Man, a Great Colleague and a Great Friend, a true Gentleman. Rest in Peace.

About the ride
The team will be starting the cycle ride in Glasgow and following the canal through to Edinburgh whilst calling at the Falkirk Wheel on the route. This is a brilliant opportunity to remember Nick and raise some much-needed funds for the Sheffield Hospitals charity and the Sorby renal unit as it is a charity that is close to Nick and his family.

The route is around 55 miles long and follows the Forth & Clyde Canals leading onto the Union Canal. We will begin in the morning at Pinkston Basin in Glasgow which is a focal point of the Smart Canal and will cycling eastwards. With a midmorning stop-off point at Auchinstarry (The Boat House), for refuelling and then aiming to reach the Falkirk Wheel for lunch and a break. Then it is the ‘short’ run through to Edinburgh, with another break near Linlithgow.

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