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One of our club members passed away the other day, his funeral was today, funny how much you sometimes don't really know much about a person till they're gone on the last ride.
Keith was 92 when he left us.
92 years young....owner if many many motorcycles in his lifetime, mostly British bikes, AJS, Matchless. BSA, Triumph, Ariel, Velocettes, the list went in and on as his daughter read out all the bikes her father had owned since his first at age of 18.
An accomplished engineer he was an inventor and innovator, a builder of large model planes that actually flew.
The list if his accomplishments in life was huge,
We met at the funeral parlour to escort Keith on his last ride, his daughter got on the back of the lead bike an ancient Ariel Red Hunter I think.
We followed the hearse to the crematorium for the service arriving to a large crowd already gathered awaiting our arrival.
I've never laughed so much at a funeral I tell ya, I had tears running down my face at the tales of Keiths exploits and some of his many failures, told by his daughters and granddaughters.
After the slideshow of his lifes moments and joys the pallbearers carried him back to the hearse and we all fired up our bikes to follow the hearse as it left we did a slow lap around the chapel then before we departed the revs came up on the lead bike, the rest following suit.
The roar of engines in a final salute to a great gentleman.
Then we rode off down the hill out the gates where we had to turn left for around a roundabout then back down the same road past the cemetery gates.
Once around the roundabout we gunned our bikes and roared off two by two, the rolling Thunder echoing through the surrounding hills.
Rest in Peace Keith
 

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What a wonderful way to acknowledge a life. I am sorry for your loss. It speaks a lot to his impact on the lives around him for those people to acknowledge him in that way. May we all be so lucky.


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Cheers to a life well lived....
 

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How lucky you all are to have known Keith! Congrats! Sounds like a great guy all around!

FWIW; I tend to look at the death of loved ones and friends differently than most. I like to think they aren't really gone as long as we carry a part of them in us as we travel the road of life that ends at the same destination for all of us as far as we know. Beyond that it's faith. I like to remember them as they were when they were vibrant and healthy and celebrate their life. Yes, a certain amount of mourning is normal but not for too long, as that can be a real problem in itself. Besides; the person who has passed wouldn't want us to mope about for too long on their account. They would want us to get along with life.

I have a friend who's dad passed a couple of months ago and he's still depressed and angry instead of accepting it and getting on with life. I wish there was something I can do but he lives far away and isn't that something everyone needs to do on their own? All I can do is let him know I'm there for him I guess...
 

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Great story bro. Sorry for your loss.

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I have a friend who's dad passed a couple of months ago and he's still depressed and angry instead of accepting it and getting on with life. I wish there was something I can do but he lives far away and isn't that something everyone needs to do on their own? All I can do is let him know I'm there for him I guess...
My aunt is like that with my mom. They were 10 years apart. My mom passed in 2001 due to breast cancer. She's still distraught over it and it's very depressing to go visit her because she's always bringing it up.
 

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Thank you for sharing. I have always thought that a life well lived deserves a celebration rather than a service in the end. Happy to hear that your friend was such a man that he deserved and recieved his celebration.
 

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That's great, MBX. I hope when I punch out everyone remembers to have a good time.

If I put it in my will, i think they have to, right?

92 is a good run. We should all be so lucky.
 

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That's great, MBX. I hope when I punch out everyone remembers to have a good time.

If I put it in my will, i think they have to, right?

92 is a good run. We should all be so lucky.
Yeah mate, put it in your will...
Another idea is to have your wake before you depart for the highway in the sky.
Keiths grandaughter related one of his last jaunts on his Matchless down the footpath in his pyjamas, culminating in a minor spill where he went over the handlebars!
Thankfully only suffering very minor injuries, saved no doubt by his pyjamas.
His family were used to getting noise complaints from the neighbors.
Rebellious to the last!
Two of his grandsons read the epitaph that Keith himself wrote!.....well who better to write it?
Very touching when he related selling his first motorcycle to buy an engagement ring for his beloved wife to be.

I just can't imagine me selling my Vegas to buy an engagement ring somehow.....
 

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That's great, MBX. I hope when I punch out everyone remembers to have a good time.

If I put it in my will, i think they have to, right?

92 is a good run. We should all be so lucky.
You have to know the magic words........(open bar). :)
 

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Pay for the party and even friends you never knew would show up to honor you! Lol

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Just got back home, .. Picked up the card that we all got at the service,
I left it at home for safe keeping when I went out riding last night.
Bet there was some partying and tales of British iron in heaven last night!
The big fella will be wondering just who he let in, kept up all night with tall tales no doubt:angel

Ps hey @broggyr can you turn Keith around the right way thanks mate?...goodonya
 

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Rip

Keith RIP. Sorry for your loss. Sounds like you all sent him on his way the way he would have liked it. Joking and having a good time. Next ride you go on he may just be there with you on your bike, so have some fun for yourself & him.
 

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Here you go brother! A man like Keith deserves the best! May he rest in peace!



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Here you go brother! A man like Keith deserves the best! May he rest in peace!



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Thanks Broggyr!


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Good on you and nay he ride free forever. We should all be so lucky to have lived a life like he did.
 

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He clearly touched a lot of lives in his 90+years sounds like he lived life to its fullest!
Sorry for the loss, RIP

On the subject of loosing a loved one too soon in life I think I have the right to comment on this from first hand exsperience.
My first wife battled a very rare form of cancer and it took here life at the age of 37... it took me about 6months to get my emotions and life back to a somewhat normal routine. Our two daughters wer young (age 4 and 6) and without the love and support from family, friends and our church the outcome could have been aweful.
It's now been 8 years and I am happy to say life is good, I remarried, have a wonderful stepdaughter along with my two daughters and things are looking up.
I know some will say whatever but faith in God is really what got me through this. I know my first wife is in a better place.
 
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