Re­mem­ber­ing a fel­low biker

Fallen mo­tor­cy­clist hon­oured in Summerside event; money raised for PCH

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Mo­tor­cy­cle en­thu­si­asts came to­gether to par­tic­i­pate in an emo­tional ride to hon­our some­one gone too soon.

Trevor Hard­ing, from Summerside, was killed when the mo­tor­cy­cle he was driv­ing col­lided with a pickup truck on the Blue Shank Road, near Wilmot Val­ley on Satur­day, July 17, 2010. He was 39 years old.

To hon­our his mem­ory and cel­e­brate his life, close friend Randy Robert­son or­ga­nized a 200-kilo­me­tre bike ride re­cently, start­ing at Bakin Donuts on Wa­ter Street East and end­ing in Mon­tague.

“Ev­ery year we get to­gether and re­mem­ber Trevor and have a lit­tle ride for him. We leave here in Summerside and ride down to Corn­wall — that’s our first stop — and our sec­ond stop is a Show and Shine down in Mon­tague where we end and have a toast for Trevor,” ex­plained Robert­son.

“The day is all about him. He was a good friend of mine,” he con­tin­ued. “Trevor grew up in this area and he was mar­ried with no kids, but he worked and lived in the com­mu­nity and he was a great guy. He was in the same ca­reer as me, in Health Care IT (In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy).”

Mo­tor­cy­clists from all dif­fer­ent walks of life par­tic­i­pated in the special ride through a do­na­tion, with all funds go­ing to the Prince County Hospi­tal.

“It’s just a group of friends get­ting to­gether and re­mem­ber­ing Trevor, so we don’t for­get,” said Robert­son. “We want to keep him alive.”

The rip-roar­ing event gath­ered 50 rid­ers, in­clud­ing mem­bers of Trevor’s fam­ily, friends and even bik­ers who didn’t know Trevor but joined in the ride just to show their sup­port and ca­ma­raderie.

Wayne Han­son, from New Hamp­shire, was rid­ing his 1986 Har­ley Davidson.

“I think it’s a beau­ti­ful cause, and it keeps his spirit alive and well,” he said. “It’s beau­ti­ful peo­ple com­ing out on a beau­ti­ful day with a com­mon cause.”

Many at the event agreed that rid­ing a bike is more than just a look, there’s a sense of free­dom and ex­cite­ment that comes out on the open roads.

“I’ve been rid­ing for 30 years plus, and it’s my sense of free­dom to get out and a big stress re­liever for me from a very stress­ful ca­reer,” said Robert­son, who was thrilled with the turnout.

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Wayne Han­son, from New Hamp­shire, who par­tic­i­pated in this year’s me­mo­rial, proudly rides a 1986 Har­ley Davidson. “There’s a real sense of free­dom that comes from rid­ing a bike,” he said.

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