So many people in the club knew Colin, as a long standing member he has won the affection of members young and old. Such a likeable fellow who will be sadly missed.
Colin's son Steve has kindly allowed us to repost some things about his Dad that he put up on facebook. It is quite a moving tribute I think you will agree it sums him up perfectly.
"For those who knew my dad
My Dad James Colin Speakman passed away on Sunday. My dad wasn't the perfect person but i thought he was awesome, he cycled all his life up until about 18 months ago, even after having a stroke.
He was known as a great hill climber and even when taken out after his stroke he still left guys half his age behind because he went at things so hard.
He was a lifetime member of the Port Talbot Wheelers cycling club. He was a church deacon. He was not very tall, not very big and bulky but he was one of the strongest men i have ever met known in the steel works when he worked there for the only guy in the workshop to use a 53lb (just under 4 stone) lump hammer in the work shop.
He was a shop steward in the steel works where he was a fitter and turner. He was known as a bit of a comedian and not the most subtle of people. His idea of a lullaby to sing to me as a baby was Hang down your head Tom Dooley - if you dont know it check out youtube - its about a guy just about to be hung (and people wonder why i turned out this way ).
He took me all over the place as a kid and gave me so many experiences including my first autograph collecting one. Even though we had some ups and downs he a great husband to Anne Speakman, a great dad to me (and father in law to Andrea Speakman) a great grandad to Lucy Speakman, Emily Speakman, Kalebh Speakman & Eli Speakman.
I could ramble on longer but i won't.
For all the people who prayed for us all thank you it was very important to us. He left us at 3.33 on sunday 08/03/15 and he left us with not just a smile but a great big laugh. I love you dad, God bless and good bye for now."