Steve Jones of Steve’s Stainless, who was known to thousands of motorcyclists at autojumble events and was an unmistakable figure in his jester’s headgear, collapsed and died of a heart attack while on holiday in Goa with his wife Mand in November, and his cremation has taken place in India.
Steve, whose business was featured in Old Bike Mart around two years ago, could be found at events all over the UK, often with Mand and daughter Tam on their adjoining stall. He always seemed to have what folk needed, and his popular stall must have helped thousands of people to complete their restorations or keep their machines on the road.
One of the hardest-working people on the autojumble circuit, he devoted much time and energy into sourcing good-quality fasteners and selling them at good prices, and was well liked by jumblers and customers.
Julie Diplock of ELK Promotions, who kindly supplied this obituary, knew Steve for many years, and remembers him and Mand being washed out at a Scottish jumble one Saturday, and driving down to Kent to be at a jumble there the following morning.
“Steve was always able to see the bigger picture, and I will miss him for his intelligent thoughts and sound advice,” said Julie, “but most of all for his good humour.”
Children Aaron, Lawson, Sophie and Tamaryn flew out to India especially for the funeral, and a memorial to Steve took place at The Royal Oak, High Street, Eccleshall, Staffordshire, on Thursday, December 14.
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