FI­NAL RIDE

Fam­ily shat­tered as bik­ers re­mem­ber mate

Townsville Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - CHAR­LIE PEEL

FRIENDS of a Townsville man who died af­ter crash­ing his mo­tor­bike will hold a me­mo­rial ride in his hon­our.

Mathew Chase, 37, was yesterday re­mem­bered for his big smile, car­ing na­ture and pas­sion for mo­tor­bikes.

Mr Chase ( pic­tured) lost his fight for life in Townsville Hos­pi­tal on Satur­day, two days af­ter he crashed his mo­tor­bike into a power pole on the Ring Road on July 2. His sis­ter El­iz­a­beth Chap­man said her brother had a car­ing na­ture and was al­ways will­ing to lend a hand.

“We will al­ways re­mem­ber how great he was and that he was al­ways there with a smile,” she said. “He just wanted ev­ery­one else to be OK and was very car­ing and self­less.”

Ms Chap­man said her brother loved mo­tor­bikes and fish­ing.

“He loved to fish, but he hadn’t been out as much lately be­cause he was al­ways on the bike.

“We have lots of good mem­o­ries of him. He was just so loved by ev­ery­body and was al­ways there for ev­ery­body and al­ways there to help.

“You just have to look at the sup­port on Face­book to see how loved he was.”

Mr Chase grew up in Townsville and was a stu­dent at Wil­liam Ross State High School. He lived in Can­berra and Ather­ton be­fore re­turn­ing to his home­town of Townsville where he worked for Smiles Gar­den Bags.

The Townsville mo­tor­bike com­mu­nity has ral­lied be­hind Mr Chase’s fam­ily and will meet on Satur­day morn­ing for a me­mo­rial ride.

His mate Bren­dan Astell re­mem­bered a very car­ing man with a big heart and love of mo­tor­bikes.

“Mo­tor­bikes were his life – that was all he ever spoke about,” Mr Astell said.

“He was a big part of the Townsville Bik­erid­ers Unite group since we started and he did ev­ery­thing he could to help us grow.

“He only ever missed one ride out of about 40.

“Matty was just a good guy and cared about ev­ery­body.”

Riders will meet with Mr Chase’s fam­ily in the Joyce Mayne car park in Wood­man Court, West End at 7.30am on Satur­day for a me­mo­rial ride.

Do­na­tions made by the riders will go to­wards the fam­ily to help pay for fu­neral costs.

“It’s what he would have wanted,” Mr Astell said.

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