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Old Dec 29th, 2009, 5:26 pm   #1
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Honoring a fallen rider

I lost a co-worker and good friend, Fred Loya, this past Sunday December 27th due to a motorcycle accident involving a skid on the ice of North Texas.

56 years young and gone too soon. He was riding to see his daughter in Wichita Falls. Fred died doing what he loved to do - riding to see someone he loved.

For those of you who have lost friends in similar circumstances, would it be a sign of respect to him and for our shared love of motorcycling to ride to his funeral or would it be a hurtful reminder to his family?

Your prayers are appreciated. Fred's funeral is New Year's day.

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Old Dec 29th, 2009, 10:03 pm   #2
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Joe.. your loss is a loss for all..

I wish he would not have chosen to ride this time...

Till we meet again... ride safe!
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Old Dec 29th, 2009, 10:22 pm   #3
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Re: Honoring a fallen rider

Joe,

With the group I ride with here locally, we have someone ask the family their wishes and if they like, we show up in mass on scoots. I have even done a huge funeral (1500 bikes) in colors for a lady that went down and her family would have it no other way.
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Old Dec 30th, 2009, 8:35 am   #4
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Re: Honoring a fallen rider

My family would expect nothing less than bikers, skydivers, hunters, ex-military friends, beer drinkers and rock and roller's at my funeral, assuming I have one...I've made that clear already. Gee, come to think of it, those are the only friends I have.

All families are different so it's hard to tell from a distance but personally, I'd ride the bike there myself. I'd say it is more respectful than less but again, those are personal decisions based on perception of the family.

I wouldn't do it if they had a problem with it.

Sorry to hear of your loss, after crashing at 70 mph in Oct on a wet oily patch, I can tell you it can sure happen in a heartbeat. I'm about the same age as Fred. RIP Fred, Ride In Peace.
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Old Dec 31st, 2009, 7:41 am   #5
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Re: Honoring a fallen rider

Thanks for your comments and prayers, guys. If I'm able to attend I will ride.

Most important, I will continue to ride safe and remember my friend.

I hope you all are safe in 2010.

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Old Dec 31st, 2009, 9:07 am   #6
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Prayers for Fred's family!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'd ask before I rode in on my bike! Or maybe you already know the family well enough to know their thoughts on Motorcycle riding.

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Joe, the Patriot Guard Riders were asked to attend so there should be some other riders.
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