A beloved ‘brother’ will be missed

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

The Waikato man who died in a crash on his way to last Wed­nes­day’s Ran­furly Shield match in New Ply­mouth was a staunch Taranaki sup­porter.

Lloyd Rus­sell Reed, 56, died af­ter his Har­leyDavid­son mo­tor­cy­cle and a car crashed at the in­ter­sec­tion of Princess St and Main North Rd in Waitara, north Taranaki, last week.

Mr Reed, from Toko­roa, was on his way to his old home town of Strat­ford where he was meet­ing his Club X so­cial mo­tor­cy­cle club friends to go to the rugby match.

Club vice-pres­i­dent Dave van Kerssen said his good friend’s ab­sence had cast a dark shadow over the club.

‘‘We were meet­ing up to go to that game. We didn’t go be­cause we sat at home wait­ing for him, then an­other mate rang. The rest is his­tory.’’

Mr Reed was an avid Taranaki sup­porter who even wore his Taranaki jersey to Waikato games.

A mem­ber of the club for 10 years, Mr Reed would of­ten forego the lo­cal club ride to stay be­hind and cook a big meal for the other mem­bers.

‘‘He was just a cool guy – a real man’s man,’’ Mr van Kerssen said.

‘‘A few of us, and [me] per­son­ally, are find­ing it hard to deal with at the mo­ment.

‘‘He’s a highly re­spected mem­ber of the club and we’ve lost him while he was do­ing some­thing that he loved. ‘‘ He loved the club and the club loved him. ‘‘It’s not go­ing to be the same go­ing for­ward; we are go­ing to miss our brother big time.’’

Waitara Se­nior Sergeant Matt Pren­der­gast said more in­quiries would be car­ried out with the car driver and wit­nesses to the crash in due course.

The 57-year-old woman driver of the car was taken to Taranaki Base Hospi­tal with mi­nor neck in­juries.

The po­lice se­ri­ous crash unit car­ried out a scene ex­am­i­na­tion yes­ter­day.

Mr Reed is sur­vived by his wife, two chil­dren, and grand­chil­dren. Taranaki Daily News

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