South-West Trials enthusiast, Mike Naish has prepared a tribute to Ivan Pridham:
Ivan Alfred James Pridham 1931-2017
It is with much sadness we report the death of Ivan Pridham, he was 86 years young.
Ivan was a long standing stalwart of the South West Centre, a man who has had much success in Trials both locally and nationally, many before some readers were born. He was a rider who has represented his city in International sport and supported a handicap children’s charitable trust. He has carried on in his chosen sport for most of his life with humour, enthusiasm and good nature and who was a popular rider to boot.
Born at Latchley near Gunnislake in Cornwall, he moved to Plymouth when he was fifteen years of age. He did his National Service in the Royal Engineers when he was twenty-one, so that he could finish his apprenticeship with a small lift company which later in life he bought and made it into a business.
Ivan suffered latterly with a bad back that needed surgery after falling down a lift shaft and the operation did curtail some of his riding but he bore the pain stoically, at least to the outside.
Our thoughts are with his wife Pat, daughter Wendy and family at this time.
Ivan’s funeral will take place at St. Mary’s Church, Market Road, Plympton, PL7 1QW on Wednesday 20th December at 1-45 pm.
St. Mary’s Church can be found by taking the road from the Marsh Mills junction towards Plympton (the old A38), the church is situated just off the roundabout.