Would you like to support local journalism?

(with some quirky flair)

Regular News FEEDINGS via social + online. by locals for locals

HomeLatest NewsTragic end for local father on Manly Dam bike track

Tragic end for local father on Manly Dam bike track

A Northern Beaches father of three young children has tragically died from traumatic injuries sustained during a mountain bike ride at Manly Dam.  Now, friends are rallying for the community to support the wife and children left behind.

Glenn Hovey was the man bystanders successfully revived via CPR recently, bringing him back to life after cardiac arrest.  Unfortunately the injuries he sustained were so severe that he was kept on life support until Monday morning, when he passed away.

Photo: Last week’s rescue operation for Glenn at Manly Dam. Luke Gavahan
“It has been absolutely devastating for the family and a lot of people who knew them,” close friend and neighbour Deian Cousins told Manly Observer.
Deian, who also started the campaign with the family’s blessings, passed on to us photos provided by Glenn’s wife Cheryl, sharing happy memories of Glenn with children Emily (14), Claire (13), and Tom (7).

Cheryl wrote of the tragedy:

“Words cannot adequately express my family’s gratitude for the outpouring of love and support we have received following Glenn’s accident.

MTB Riding was Glenn’s passion and he often repeated the mantra “Eat, Sleep, Ride, Repeat”. He grasped any opportunity to squeeze in a ride and last Thursday was no different.

Our family is heartbroken, but take comfort in knowing he was doing what he loved.
Glenn was always thinking of others and on Monday he donated his organs, changing many people’s lives. Our family will forever be grateful to the first responders and emergency services who, together with the hospital, gave us the opportunity to say goodbye to Glenn and the chance for him to give a final gift to others.

It is comforting to know that some good has come out of this tragedy.”

Deian added,  “Glenn was a wonderful husband and devoted father to his three beautiful young children. He was a friend to everyone, and would always help anybody in need. It’s difficult to sum up such an all round good man.”

Glenn Hovey was a passionate rider, says neighbour and riding partner Deian Cousins, who shared a community fundraiser for his surviving family.
Glenn with is family.

Explaining the tragedy, Deian detailed:

“On Thursday 3 November Glenn had a tragic accident on the 19th Hole section of a local trail at Manly Dam. Fellow riders found Glenn unresponsive shortly after the accident and commenced CPR until emergency services arrived.

Glenn had suffered catastrophic injuries to his vertebrae causing him to go in to Cardiac Arrest. The efforts of those involved revived Glenn however tragically his injuries were too severe to survive.

Glenn was so loved by many and a massive part of our community. He was the best husband and father anybody could ask for and is leaving behind a beautiful wife and 3 amazing and loving young children.

Anything we can do to help this wonderful family will be appreciated and go a long way.”

At time of writing the fundraiser had raised over $20,000 and had countless messages of love and support from friends and family.

You can view or contribute here.

Support quality local news

Manly Observer is an experiment in providing non-sensationalist hyperlocal news on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. We cover the big news across the LGA, but with a hyper focus on the Manly electorate encompassing Balgowlah, Seaforth, Freshwater, Brookvale and Curl Curl up to Dee Why. It is run by those living in the community for the benefit of an informed community. We care about an informed and connected community. That’s it. Simple. Thank you for your support in keeping quality local news alive!

Kim Smee, Editor

Become a supporter