Remembering a fellow biker
Fallen motorcyclist honoured in Summerside event; money raised for PCH
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.
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.