At 45 years old I am both surprised and saddened by the amount of people I have known that have died.
When he and another friend were out one day, an animal run in front of the other guys bike and he went down on the side of the road. Not only did Gary take care of his friend, but also the bike...getting it to a safe location. He had character, something I feel is missing in this world.
We went out on a few rides. Over the hills of central Florida...I even had a private nickname for him that I never shared with him; "Mr McTwisty". The funny thing is he sent me a map of the route a few days before. I plan on making a memorial ride over that route in a few days in his honor.
His death on Saturday of a sudden heart attack is leaving me feel a little numb, and I can't imagine what his wife and kids must be feeling. My thoughts and prayers go out to them.
Some say that once something is put on the net it's there forever. That nothing can truly be deleted or disappear. While my friendship with Gary was all to brief the effect that he had on peoples lives will never disappear.
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Ride well buddy.