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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-18-2014, 10:32 AM Thread Starter
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We Lost a Great Friend, Heaven Gained an Amazing Angel.

Woke up this morning to the news that a friend died last night when his goldwing trike went off the road and crashed into a tree.

This friend was a retired Navy Vet and was known to us all and the whole town as "Santa"...he was a big guy, white beard, jolly and everyone loved him.

Here he is with his wife, Mrs. Claus on their trike, also known as Santa's Summer Sleigh


And here he is doing his santa gig he loved doing!



He was a diehard bike, a great guy, loved kids, loved everyone..he couldnt go thru town without someone yelling "Hey Santa".
Last year he gave a WW2 vet a ride on his trike down mainstreet for the Memorial day and 4th of July parades!

His mottos were:

Get busy making memories.

Everyone dies, but not everyone truly lives.

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-18-2014, 11:18 AM
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It looks like we all can learn something from his outlook on life. RIP

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Yes his outlook and love for life was the glue that bonded our chapter together!

Here he is with my wife at one of our rallies..



He always said he loved being santa cuz all the ladies loved sitting on his lap...and he knew which ones were nice and which ones were "naughty"...lol.

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Sorry to hear of your loss may he rest I'm peace

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'I didn't lose my mind.i gave it away

BRING BACK WOLFIE."Peace and Carrots"RIP
"And I'm free...as a bird"John Lennon Free as a Bird
"I only carry when I have my pants on"Joe Robinson RIP aka Old Dog
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May he rest in peace and be remembered always.
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I doubt that the memories will ever fade and that is a real man as can be seen in his eyes as he is holding the little one. Sorry I did not get a chance to meet the particular man but long may his good continue on in others. The big man left some big shoes to be filled.

and always remember, "Ride until you rot!"
**Really not sure if the Big "C" is back right now
but having to face the fact that this is a lifetime routine
going forward. Five operations done and it still continues.

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Thanks guys.

Just got word his 18 year old son that graduates next week is at the crash site right now.
pray for him and his family...its gonna be hard on them.

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Prayers and positive energy sent,brother

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Bless his big ol' heart. Rest in peace, kind soul. You live on in the good you've made in others. To the ones left behind: don't be sad it's over, be happy that he happened. Brothers: pegs down but chins up, ok?
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Sorry to hear of his passing, condolences and prayers to his family and friends.

I remember him from a past post you made and thought to myself that this is the kind of biker people need to know...a big teddy bear type with a kind soul...the kind of man who makes us all proud to have as a fellow "biker".
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